This photo is of a small park on a tiny island near my former apartment building in Maine. The park is reached by walking through a small covered bridge, and actually, the whole island is the park. It’s been a favorite spot since the first time I saw it.
I used to work only a block away and would sometimes take my lunch there to enjoy the beauty of the trees, flowers, and river. When I got my first digital camera, I headed there on my lunch hour to try it out. I took my shoes off and dabbled my feet in the water — that photo is still a favorite.
The island, the bridge, the park have been the location for many photos taken for the classes I took in the Find Your Eye series, and many others taken for pure pleasure. So, of course, I had to pay a last visit as I was preparing for my big move. It was a misty, grey day, and when rain began to sprinkle, I hurried home with my jacket over my camera . . . but not without pausing in the shelter of the covered bridge for one last look.
As I reviewed my photographs from May, this is the one that caught my eye. The cool, foggy atmosphere and perhaps the mood I was in made this familiar place feel a bit mysterious and mystical on this particular day, and the photo brings that back to me. But more than that, this image speaks to me of the divergent paths and the choices life presents.
Some years ago I chose to leave my home on the west coast and move east. Now I’ve chosen the opposite, and have moved from the east coast back to the west. That wasn’t something I ever expected to do, but now it seems right.
Life is strange sometimes and doesn’t always play out the way we expect. I envy people who have lived all their lives in one place, and have friends they’ve known from childhood. I really do. Yet, faced with the choice to stay or go, I most often seem to choose Go. I think this photograph represents my divided heart, that wants to travel down both paths and be in two places at the same time. Perhaps in some parallel universe I can.
Linking with Kat Sloma’s Photo-Heart Connection for May. Thanks, Kat!