Forced to take early retirement in February 2010 due to Chronic Ill-Health (including Fibromyalgia, severe obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and debilitating back pain from a degenerative disc disease among other health conditions), Photography has been my lifesaver and become my Passion. While I have some restrictions in walking and movement in more recent years, I feel blessed to be able to press the shutter button and capture what I see in Nature.
Photography is the creative art that sustains and enriches my life as the days pass by.
The seasonal changes in nature remind me of the Impermanence in Life and how important it is to live your life Mindfully, concentrating of what IS (not what WAS in the past and what MAY BE in the future).
Life is about living the best you can with what you have, Right Now….in this very Moment.
My current west-facing first floor apartment has a fairly large balcony (for a modern suburban apartment), in which I grow Herbs, Flowers and Seasonal Leafy Green Vegetables. Several local bird species visit my balcony most days when the weather is warm and sunny. On the days when my pain levels are too severe to go outdoors for a walk, I can usually be found sitting at my desk in front of the floor-to-ceiling lounge windows keeping watch over my garden and observing the local Bird Life.
Currently, as at 2018, my spinal condition of Scheuermann’s Disease & severe nerve compression in the Lumbar Region where I had 2 surgeries (2008 & 2015), heart condition of Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have worsened to the point where I’m mostly unable to go out for long walks, so many of my images come from my balcony garden or archives.
My current balcony garden looks a little more like the images below In 2019.
……and my view while sitting at my desk most of the morning and early afternoon………
The real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle. “
Thich Nhat Hanh