Weekly Photo Challenge: A Merciful Blur

“It’s all a merciful blur…” is one of my mother’s signature responses.  (from a description of 10 Silly Sayings that characterize her 80-year-old personality, from THIS POST)  Blurring can be a good coping skill.  It can be a result of too little sleep, too much crying, too much alcohol, or too much fantasy.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, now and again.  Softening edges can be useful when you’re feeling scraped and bruised.  But it’s only temporary, for me.  I really want to live my life in clear focus, as aware as I can be, facing reality.  Consequently, I doubt I’ve kept many blurry photos.  Here’s one I took yesterday…

blurry gate

…and here’s one I took from the passenger’s seat on I-94.  I was trying to imitate Karen McRae from “draw and shoot”.  Her art is superb (which explains why she’s got almost 15,000 followers!).

winter blurWhat I mostly get are blurry photos of people who don’t stay still…

picnic blur…or places that are poorly lit.

cave blurIt is a challenge to develop the appropriately artistic “merciful blur”, to be used in scary situations (like on the Jersey turnpike?).  Still working on it…spider blur

Blur

15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: A Merciful Blur

  1. Your blur photos work well, Scilla. With a photo challenge each week, I hardly dare get rid of any photos, no matter how bad or weird, just in case they’ll fit the next week’s theme! 🙂

    janet

  2. That’s a great variety of blurred subjects. I would love to feel blurred at the moment as I have torn a muscle and am in agony! Your mother’s wisdom is sound ~ it would be a mercy if my pain were blurred!

  3. I love the phrase “a merciful blur.” I find that sometimes a blurry photo is perfect for an idea that I am trying to convey. Yours are too–I especially love that first shot. Wonderful post, as always!

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