Sometimes, especially as I get older, life really does whiz by. My first reaction is to scream, “STOP! Slow down!”
This may sound silly, but the first time I used one of those seven day pill containers for some vitamins, I distinctly remember thinking at the end of the first week when it was time to fill it up again, that the week seemed to go so much faster than when I wasn’t using something that counted the days. It was actually depressing. And I used to work with someone who took delight in crossing off each day on her desk calendar. I thought to myself that she, being younger than I was, wouldn’t always like crossing off the days with glee.
My choice isn’t to try to slow life down, because I can’t no matter what I do. But I can savor and enjoy the life I have, troubles and all. Our lives, no matter how short or how long, have a purpose to them. Part of our purpose is to be in awe of the beauty around us, and the God who made it. That’s why I love photography. I can hang a print on my wall and make greeting cards to look at and bless others with instead of just trying to remember what a place or animal or person or flower looked like. It’s actually a small but significant way to stop time.
These photos may look like reflections, and I love reflections. But they were actually taken out the window of a car speeding down the road. I used a small aperture (f/16) and fairly fast shutter speed (1/10-1/20) and kept the camera steady. It’s kind of like reverse panning, which is moving the camera side to side or up and down while shooting a non-moving subject.
This last photo is a still of what the actual trees looked like. They were gorgeous, but I like the speedy photos best. They have movement, lovely color patterns, and mystery. What I, and maybe you, want in life as we whiz by!