“Let each dawn find us courageous, brought closer, heeding the lights before the fight is over.” ― Amanda Gorman
This photo challenge is about moving closer to the subject and letting it fill the frame. There is something in this exercise that resembles the challenge of intimacy. The fear is – what if I find something up close that I didn’t expect? That I can’t control? That I don’t like? And what if I do find something I get very fond of…and then have to move away? Or it moves away…and dies?
My first subject is my sister-in-law’s Pomeranian dog, Kimahri. This little guy is an absolute charmer. He looks like a Teddy Bear and lives his life in the adoring arms of a human. But his health is not robust, for many reasons. He’s as small as a little baby, but he’s actually rather aged.
“Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.” ― Saint Augustine
Two weekends ago, my housemate noticed a cat by the side of our dead-end country road, drenched by the rain and terribly skinny. We guess that she was dumped by her previous owner as she was obviously an indoor cat and very affectionate. Yesterday, they had to put her to sleep due to congestive heart failure. I feel like my housemate braved the pain of getting closer and did the right thing. She works as a social worker in hospice care, and this pandemic has been exhaustingly difficult for her, but she still choses to move in closer and be a caring person. I very much admire that.
“With consistency, we become one step closer to our dreams, while witnessing small victories on the way!” ― Purvi Raniga
My next subject is some mushrooms growing on the side of a tree. Getting closer up to the face of death and decay is a scary prospect. And yet, you might be amazed at the beauty there. I am reminded of caring for my mother during her hospice journey alongside my two sisters. The intimacy of that precious time brought us all closer together and seemed like an eternal and mystical experience.
this was beautifully presented with the social layers – and the way you described the tree with the fungi as “Getting closer up to the face of death and decay (and beauty) – well it reminded me of when I used to work at a center where we did nature hikes – we had participants look out for the FBI (fungus bacteria and insects)
Those decomposers are doing great work – and so fascinating! Thanks for your comment!
I love all your choices. To use the mushrooms as a tender sentiment as you and your sisters stayed with your mom was beautiful. Clearly a cherished moment. Donna
Thanks, Donna. Absolutely cherished. 🙂
I really loved your choice of getting closer in intimacy. We also have a cute little dog, a chihuahua, with health issues. Nice pics and great stories! 🙂
Thanks, Nicole! All the best to you and your beloved little dog. 🙂
Quite a twist on the subject Priscilla – I loved your take on the challenge this week. Your images definitely show the concept of getting closer, your text shows it even more beautifully.
Thanks, Tina. These challenges always make me think!
An amazing post Priscilla! Your photos and words are beautiful. I especially identify with your sister-in-law and her dog. My 11 1/2 year old Schnoodle has a heart problem. Now when we walk, I tote a stroller along for when he gets tired. And I do enjoy getting up close with mushrooms. Take care!
Thanks, Anne! Many of us do get close to similar things. 🙂
Excellent selections! Cute Pomer, superb shroom shots.
“Shroom shots” – trying to say that repeatedly, LOL! Thanks, John!
So admiring, the photos of cute dog 🌷🙏♥️🌷
A lovely take on as usual, Priscilla – love the mushroom analogy.