“My love for you is a prayer, she thought. Love is the only prayer I know.” – Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon
What Lies Beyond
“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” – John Lennon
This image, taken during our recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, reminded me of something from a fantasy novel. The first story, one of my favorites, that came to mind was The Mists of Avalon. The image made me think of fairies living amongst the trees thus the selection of quotes to accompany the image.
“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.” – Anthony Robbins
Sunrise in the Valley – Bonners Ferry, Idaho
When I saw the above quote I thought it to be a nice accompaniment to this image. It was certainly resolve to get out and shoot on this particular morning. But more importantly, the quote is the precise message my husband and I have been discussing with our children this week. It reminds me of the little train engine who resolved to succeed and kept saying, ” I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” and was finally rewarded by being able to say, “I did”. And, low and behold, there are train tracks that run right along this scene. Note, that the clouds are really the more prominent subject in the image. They remind me of the quote in respect to the tests in life that create the need for continued resolve and constant determination.
Day two of clouds, fog, drizzle and unseasonably warm weather. I found the quote below to be applicable to this time of year when the days are shorter and we spend more of our time with dark skies than in the sunlight. With fog and heavy cloud cover it feels like we are caged in a temple of gloom. Maybe the sun will peak through tomorrow. Hoping…..
As an aside, I tried to post this image yesterday with the other two images of the trees in foggy surroundings but for some reason the image would not post. Perhaps it was meant specifically for today.
“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel