Friday, December 5, 2008
Here we have yet another picture taken down New Point. I was planning on sharing some delightful pictures I took today from Haven Beach, but I am unable to due to this: Dial-up internet and this ridiculous computer will surely be the reason that my blood vessels finally burst from the pressure, and I am hauled off to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital (fondly referred to as Guinea General by some locals--no offense to Guineamen or Walter Reed employees intended). Or rather, I am getting error messages when I try to upload new pictures. It will go away but in the interim causes a drastic increase in my blood pressure.
Therefore, please enjoy this photo--which looks like every other photo I've put up here this week--that I had no intention of showing you today, or ever. It was loaded up earlier so it's my only option for now.
A long time ago, I bought a book called "Talk to Me: 2,507 Questions." It's meant to inspire conversation, to facilitate sharing of your life experiences.
One of the first questions in the book is, "What things do you consider beautiful?"
Most of what I consider beautiful is found in nature, which is a very broad answer but for me very true. I also find beauty in imperfection, which is something I have only recently discovered. (I also find humor in imperfection, usually my own, but we're not talking about humor, we're talking about beauty. I think.) Sometimes, nature and imperfection merge together, like in my pictures of the old houses around here being taken over by Mother Nature. I find them absolutely gorgeous. Haunting, yet gorgeous.
Today I startled myself by finding beauty where I least expected it: down Haven Beach, which is now very brown and very stark, with leafless trees and dead pine trees sticking harshly out of brownish gray marsh grass and oh when will this Chesapeake Bay Woman snap out of this depressing sentence?
And yet I found so much beauty there I must have taken 50 pictures.
Hopefully, if I don't end up in Guinea General due to dial-up-internet-induced stroke, I'll be able to share some of this winter beauty with you.
Otherwise, just trust me when I say there is beauty in our winter terrain here in Mathews. Also trust me when I say that if I can't upload pictures tomorrow, there will be a mushroom cloud forming directly over the Hudgins, VA, vicinity.
And perhaps one more patient in Guinea General (with all due respect to Guinea, its natives and Walter Reed Hospital).
P.S. For non-locals, Guinea deserves an explanation which is far too lengthy to share here and is better served in a separate post. Or, perhaps, a separate blog. (With all due respect to Guinea and its inhabitants. Again.)