Face the Sun: My Summer in One Photo

Today is the last “official” day of summer, and I cannot let the evening pass without posting about a summer-themed swap I hosted–“My Summer in One Photo.”

For the swap, partners had to “capture” their summer in one image. Literally. Not two, three, or four images crammed into one 4×6 print or notecard, but a single image. Quite a challenge for those of us who had eventful summers.

My photog pal, Cakers, sent this:

Patty's Box

“Needle Tips Box,” Photo by Cakers

Even though I didn’t know what it was, I immediately knew it had something to do with knitting because Cakers is an avid knitter, and possibly an addict. In case, you think I’m exaggerating about Cakers’ “addiction,” she has a knitting injury from too much knitting and her swap name when I met her was “midwestknitgirl.” Enough said. 😀

The photo features her needle tips in the “cool, funky” box she bought “cheap” recently. Thankfully, she gave an explanation. Needle tips are, part of what are called “interchangeables.” You can switch the tips with different length cords.

Her words, not mine. I have no idea what she’s talking about.

I had quite a number of major events myself–saying “good-bye” to friends, witnessing my little one’s choir join a 1000-voice mass choir to perform in front of an audience of 84,000 (and millions more? via broadcast), spending time with one of my beautiful best friends and her family, my dad’s 80th birthday celebration which was the icing on the cake of my summer. I probably should blog about all of that some time.

But when I sat down to think about how to capture “everything,” including the many things that are not listed here, one image comes to mind.

The sunflower.

I spent a lot of time during the summer looking at cheerful sunflower photos and mulling over a Helen Keller quote:

Doodled using the Art Studio App on iPad earlier this year. I can actually draw something that looks like a flower. ;-)

Doodled using the Art Studio App on iPad earlier this year. I can actually draw something that looks like a flower. 😉

My hubby’s back issues prevented his planting a sunflower garden outside my office window, but early one weekend morning, as I was having quiet time in my home office, I noticed bright, yellow sunflowers waving to me from our “back” neighbor’s yard. I grabbed my camera and hiked the grassy field separating us and spent some time with the sunflowers.

This was my favorite shot from the bunch:

Version 2

“Face the Sun”

It became a special reminder of a commitment I made earlier in the year when I was faced with one thing after another–to turn to the “Sun,” the Son of God, in all circumstances.

As summer progressed, certain situations intensified, and although I’d somewhat “mastered” coping well with things that affected me personally, I found myself slipping beneath the emotional weight of what was happening, not to me, but to people I love.  I had to constantly train my thinking and my attitude in the direction of “the Sun.”

What I love about sunflowers is their reminder to us that without the Son and/or when we live in the “shadows,” we are weighed down by heaviness and dark feelings. When we face the Son, we dwell in light and we stand tall and strong in the face of adversity.

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  1. Laurie

     /  September 24, 2015

    Love this quote and the sunflower. Your photography is gorgeous! That would be a tough assignment, one image…

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    • Thank you, Laurie. Sorry, it’s been so long since you wrote this comment. Life has been…well, life. How have you been?

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  2. One image was definitely a tough challenge for this swap! I knew my subject, of course, but how could I present that without a collage photo because I’d knitted so much? Aha! The light went on.

    Take a picture of the knitting needle tips that I keep stored in the oh-so-colorful box I found on clearance. For those not in the know, there are knitting needles called interchangeables where you can make knitting needles longer or shorter – depending on what your pattern calls for – by simply screwing on a different length cable cord and you can make your needle size larger or smaller but changing the tips because they come in different sizes, as in millimeters. Clear as mud? Well, let’s just say I love them and leave it at that! 🙂

    Chandra, thank you so much for the lovely write up in your blog. And thank you also for the beautiful sunflower letter, note card, and postcard. All were very much appreciated and wonderfully photographed to boot!

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    • Cakers! We haven’t chatted in a while. Thanks for dropping by clarifying all the knitting needles details. Always a pleasure to “do business” with you. 🙂

      Reply
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