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Last Look

It’s official, I’m in transit. Yesterday the movers picked up all my worldly goods, except for my laptop and camera gear, which will be in my carryon luggage. (Who needs clothing, right?) Today I finished cleaning and tidying up last minute details and turned in my apartment keys.

Now I’m at my daughter and son-un-law’s place, and tomorrow I fly to California. It’s calm and lovely here and I can finally relax and rest a bit. It’s hard to remember the last time I was this tired and sore, though I suspect it was the last time I moved.

Jenny’s Lilacs

I am fond of saying that all of Maine is just one small town. It seems like everywhere I go I’m always running into people I know (or who know me, which may not be the same thing at all). One day last week, my daughter said to me, “C. said he saw your picture in the library.”

I asked if he meant one of my photographs, though I couldn’t imagine how or why that could be. No, she said that he said it was a picture of me, not by me.

OK, this I had to see. I mean, I know I spend a lot of time at the library, but I didn’t expect to be memorialized on the wall. So I went over to see for myself. Here’s what I found:

Oh, now I understand.

And yes, here I am:

But that’s not what I was doing!

Of course, I had to take a photo of the photo someone took of me taking a photo!

The backstory is that C. and I had gone on a nature hike at a local park a couple of years ago, sponsored by Saco Bay Trails, a local group that promotes public access to recreational hiking trails. I was fascinated at finding two or three gravestones all alone in the woods, just a little way off the trail, and naturally stopped to take a few photographs. I never noticed someone else photographing me!

Ah, Maine, I love you. I’m going to miss you!

13 thoughts on “Transition

  1. How cool. Love the blue you’re wearing in the picuture.
    Those lilacs are gorgeous! I trimmed my but real hard last year, didn’t get a single bloom this year ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  2. this is a lovely story Lee. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be going through such a change, moving from one coast to another. This is exciting. Wishing you all the best in your new home territory, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it looks like through your camera lens. take good care now. safe travels.

  3. Wishing you the best as you travel and resettle! I know it feels good to relax a little with family! Love your picture in the library! What an unusual find!

  4. We’re going to miss you too…

  5. A sweet goodbye…… lilacs seem like the perfect flower for a farewell. I had to laugh at your photo of someone’s picture of you, taking a picture — nice that they will be remembering you. Wishing you the best in this transition. Rest up and now you can take your time in settling in. Looking forward to photos of your new place.

  6. Lovely images. Beautiful lilacs and how lovely to have photo up in the library (I smiled at the taking a photo of a photo of me taking a photo….! Just what I’d do too!). Safe travels and look forward to seeing new images of new beginnings. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Good luck on the move and welcome to Cali ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. All the best Lee, and safe happy travels. Looking forward to hearing about the trip! Love the lilac photo and the library story is really fun!

  9. Lee – I hope this finds you safely arrived in California. I so admire you for trading one coast for another and starting your retirement life anew. I can’t wait to see your interpretation of CA through your images and words.

  10. Missing you already, but if I want to see you , I can go to the library….or check my back stacks for some shots I snagged of you as we were shooting together. Settle in and then get snapping and posting.

  11. Parting is always so bittersweet! I know you will love the change, while missing Maine. My heart is with you in the transition.

  12. There’s something special about every place any of us has ever been, and you’ve managed to capture some stunning images of your time in Maine. I must say, I love the sunset gold of your opening photo.

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