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The Fragile Blossom That Opens In The Snow

<b&bt;“Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.”<-b&bt;
– Alice M. Swa...
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<b&bt;“Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.”<-b&bt;
– Alice M. Swaim

Boy, it feels like forever since I took a self portrait! It's nice to stretch those muscles again. Yes, I did actually lay naked in the snow for this! I set everything up as much as I could before, so I only had to lay on it for a couple mintues, but it was still pretty darn cold, especially for a California girl who's only even seen snow a handful of times.

I'd been wanting to do this self portrait for a couple years now, and things kept happening to get in the way, so I was proud of myself for finally braving the cold and just <i&bt;doing it<-i&bt;. The quote from Alice M. Swaim is so beautiful and inspiring, I just had to use it in a photo somehow. I feel like it's especially relevant to those of us with ME-CFS-fibro, or anyone with any kind of chronic illness... surviving it is not nearly so much about making one big stand as just getting through each day as it comes. I often feel very weak, fragile and lacking compared to my healthy counterparts. But when I remember that I'm engaged in a battle with my body every single day, it helps me to be more patient and loving with myself. It helps me appreciate my own efforts more instead of feeling like I'm failing. And really, you can't hope to make any progress with your health if you're beating yourself up over the things that you can't do. It's a lesson I still need reminders of, but I am getting better at it. All healing begins with love :)

I have some <b&bt;very exciting news on my blog<-b&bt;! It involves more Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn screening tour, and my art :)

I owe a great big thank you to Geoff for acting as my human trigger release!! His help really cut down on the time I had to lay on the snow. He's started a 365 project, which you should check out!

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dexterlee March 05, 2014
Very well done! Love all of its components, lighting, composition and most of all...self control in the cold snow.
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DanielGagne June 12, 2014
One word...Awesome:-)
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briancann January 02, 2015
Really very good
midnightsalad December 29, 2016
Winter never looked so appealing. Kudos!

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