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


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! 🙂


  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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