Welcome Back From The Holidays
Chris Fedderson — MacroFine Musings
“I can’t wait to get back to work so I can relax.”
— Everyone who has spent the Holidays with relatives!
We’re all getting back to our various routines after the hubbub of the Holidays, and I’m guessing with varying degrees of success. I know I’m looking at sizable list of things that all need to be finished — right now! But, after a couple weeks of “relaxing” (at least not “working”), I’m now out of practice regarding just how to make that happen and also, I’m simply having a hard time getting back to it. *sigh*
I think Step 1 should be to just relax about it; everything will get done… eventually. And while I’m letting my workload chill a bit, I want to take a minute to ask, “How were your Holidays?” I hope you had good ones, whether spent in the chaos of a large family gathering, or in quiet reflection with one — or a few — close, loved ones. I had one of those quiet holidays with Kathy, my other half, my muse, my rock.
One of the relaxing things we did was to go out to Mason Neck State Park for a photo safari. We visited one of my favorite fallen trees. And by “trees” I really mean two. One tree, made up of two major trunks growing very close and parallel from a single 3-foot stump, split and the trunks fell in opposite directions.
Things that make you go, "Hhhmmmm...".
It has now been a couple years since we first found this tree and it has started its “work-flow” of decay. It is not rushed. It does not care how long this will take. It does not worry about what to do next. It just goes along, doing one thing at a time, in the proper order, not concerned with what has passed nor with what will come next. All will come to be -- in due time.
We could learn something from this tree… I think you already know what it is.
I took many shots of the things happening to this tree; the peeling bark, the weathering of the wood, the lichens and fungus growing on it. In reflecting on this progression, I couldn’t help thinking of the ebb and flow in each of our lives. Every image I saw reflected this ebb and flow... metaphorically…
So, if you’re feeling as I am, a bit overwhelmed and harried after the Holidays, think of this tree, and know that all will come to be — in its due time.
Thank You for visiting,
1/6/2016 05:48:25 am
There's an amazing tree along the Western Ridge trail in Rock Creek Park. It's still living but it's grown up and then horizontally to get to the light. It's quite a sight and a bit inspiring all things considered.
1/6/2016 08:52:12 am
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I am a Virginia-based photographer and gather my images while hiking in parks and natural areas here at home and in the locations I travel to. I also love to visit arboretums and botanic gardens to find unusual and exotic subjects.