As usual, this past summer has been a time marked, to some degree, by chaos both internal and external. External chaos is simply a part of life -- a 2 year old's broken leg, hosting international students for the first time, the long process of property development, etc. Internal chaos is different, being often more mentally displacing.
I'm becoming more used to internal chaos now; growing older allows one to have sight extending beyond seasons of struggle, and a deepening sense of the value that can be gleaned from them before they pass. It is a necessary part of honing one's character, and revealing the path laid out beyond.
As a negative consequence it's involved a significant drop in creative inspiration and output, and also a revisiting of professional and personal aims in regard to craft and skill, but has ultimately resulted in a deepening of resolve to continue forward. While it is always uncomfortable, it is this willingness to be uncomfortable that either corrects one's path or reinforces it with greater resolve and purpose. Despite this, uncertainty abounds ahead, but another vital aspect of maturation is choosing to instead trust He who has laid the path out before me, even if I can only see glimpses of the destination ahead. Thankfully this is becoming easier, as that which is entrusted becomes larger.
Interestingly, this inspirational slump seems to be a bit of a summer byproduct -- the combination of heat, busyness and the sense of the earth bustling feels fatiguing. The flora is dry and the fauna becomes aggressive. As much as summer is a much needed time spent with family, I also find it creatively uninteresting, comparatively. While the dreariness of winter can be draining, an overwhelming creative uptick coincides with the turn of weather, and autumn has brought a great deal more inspiration.
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