Some Photos & Fancies

Photographs; & questions you wouldn't think to ask yourself…


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There are times that we all grow thoughtful and come up with a lot of what-ifs for ourselves. What if we’d said this instead of that? What if we’d just gone a little bit farther with the other thing? How come that didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to? When we wonder about these kinds of things it’s good to find a little time to ponder the answers to those questions. It isn’t as if we could change anything, because we can’t; there is exactly nothing we can do about the past. When we ponder we can reflect upon our actions or non-actions and plan to choose another way to act or maybe to react. Sometimes our reflections lead to a pretty bleak place, as bare as an early Spring forest. This is not all bad, everything is stripped down to the bones and things can be seen more clearly than at other times. Bleakness has its bright side, with its full, dark pond filled with possibilities.

At other times there are so many things to think about that the lushness is almost too much to be able to process in a meaningful way. These times are ones to fall back into and let your thoughts lead where they may. Times to let your reflections run rampant and sort themselves out at their own pace. You may feel crazily tilted for a while but in the long run find your way to a deliberate and rational plan of action. For continuing on without a chance at reflection may lead you into a place you really wouldn’t choose for yourself. One can find oneself running so hard to catch up to so many thoughts that it might not seem worthwhile to stop to catch up at all. Although it may seem that there is no time for even eating or making your bed, if you don’t make time to stop and reflect you’ll lose even more of it. Does taking time to think clearly and reflect for a moment seem like a better plan than dashing heedlessly on to who knows where or what?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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