Saturday morning, September 14, 2013
I saw this proverb on a poster in Erin's doctor's office last Friday. The following morning as I took my morning walk around Crown Hill Lake, I noticed this flooded trail. On my second lap around the lake I stopped to capture it with my iPhone camera. I've been pondering these words ever since, toggling between life's micro and macro situations of late. I've recently blogged about some of the micro. As for the macro, read on...
- at least eight people dead, and still hundreds unaccounted for (mostly - hopefully - due to communication difficulties in the mountains)
- over 19,000 homes damaged or destroyed, and hundreds of businesses as well
- dozens of roads and bridges washed away - many of them crucial links to mountain destinations
- ongoing helicopter rescue operations that now dwarf those of Hurricane Katrina
- the high plains east of the Front Range now resemble the Mississippi Delta, with flooding on a scale unheard of in these parts
Check out these links:
Fox News, (Sunday) for a national, breaking news perspective.
The Loveland Reporter-Herald, for a local columnist's perspective.
Monday morning, September 17, 2013
Daily I watch and I pray: not far from our home in a suburb west of Denver - which was also not immune to flood damage - are people and places, homes, businesses, entire communities...devastated. Favorite weekend destinations - we honeymooned in Estes Park...so did Kelly and Aaron last summer; I've picnicked, camped and hiked countless times, traveled those roads, visited those towns, loved those places since I was a little girl...
After a failed attempt to get the desired results with iPhone apps (I'm still pretty new to this, and at this point don't have much control within the process), I imported the top photo into Lightroom and then CS6 for further editing and texturizing:
I went back through the archives of Kim Klassen's 2012 Beyond Layers class and more or less followed one of her tutorials, incorporating a layer of kk_jessica (Soft Light blend mode 25%). Then I added one of Roxi Hardegree's Photo Textures (Multiply blend mode 28%). I'm still not quite satisfied, but it's time to 'fish or cut bait.' I did finally figure out the screen capture thing though. Small victories.
The obstacle is obvious.
The path to recovery seems insurmountable.
The two are inextricably linked.