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Thematic Photographic: Down

This week's theme at Written is "Down". I took this pic in July of 2004 coming down the California coast. I had just spent 7 years in South Bend, Indiana and was headed to a new job in the land of Red. I was so happy to be coming home! This drive from Indiana to California was special for many reasons. It was the beginning of a new chapter in my life and boy, was I in store for some surprises! The chapters that I thought would follow did not happen. Not in the way that I planned or envisioned them BUT I would not change a thing. I love the new chapters that are being written. Sometimes I wish I could do more of the the editing :) but the unexpected twists and turns that have happened since that drive down the coast have forced me to shift gears and discover new things. New things about myself.
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PS: It has been a few weeks since I have participated in Thematic Photographic, but Carmi's Written is one of my favorite places to visit. Hop on over to see other folk's photographic interpretation of this week's theme.

9 comments

Mojo said...

What a majestic shot! Our beaches here don't feature the high cliffs, they're just the extension of the coastal plain to its logical conclusion. Not that I'm complaining, understand, (a bad day at the beach is still better than a good day at work!) but I'd love to be able to capture a view as dramatic as what you've shot here without having to travel clear across the country to get it!

anita said...

pacific coast highway...gorgeous!
i lived in monterey for a few years when i was growing up..remember fondly big sur, pebble beach, cannery row (where i had my first steamy kiss under the boardwalk), the redwoods, sitting in ansel adams driveway (b/c my dad was taking a photo class from his studio) and hearing jimi and janice performing at the monterey jazz festival in 1969 (from my bedroom window across the canyon from festival grounds)...ahhhh, memories..thanks for taking me back!

Gabbi said...

Beautiful photograph, I've always wanted to take a road-trip through California. Also, I love what you wrote about life not always going the way we thought it would but accepting it just the way it is, full of happy mysteries (mostly) and prolific discoveries :) Great to find your blog! Thank you...

Mimi said...

this is a stunning picture. I think you may have missed your calling!

Cloudia said...

Thank you so much for your visit and totally cool comment on my blog, Comfort Spiral!
I'm becoming a "follower" of your blog, and hope I see you over at Da Spiral often. I'm waving at you from over the Pacific Waves. Yoo Hoo! Over here, from Waikiki!
Aloha! (Great Shot & sentiments!)

Light and Voices said...

Wowie....what a perfect landscape shot. I have been on that highway. What's not to love about California?
Joyce

AndreaLeigh said...

that is amazing. i love seeing pics like these. i just take a deep breath and feel all my stress melting away. i love the ocean! this just made my night.

Carmi said...

I love how you've chosen to interpret the "down" theme. You took it in a direction I completely hadn't anticipated...and I'm so glad you did.

First, the picture. It's breathtaking. I'm always amazed when a picture manages to break the two-dimensional space and make us feel as if we're kinda hovering over the scene. This one does. I can't explain it, you'll just have to trust me :)

Second, you have a wonderful outlook on life. And you're right: it so often veers from the script and takes all sorts of crazy turns. But it's that unpredictability, I suppose, that makes it such a gift.

I'm glad my own path has zigged and zagged across yours through our respective blogs. You have a vision that I find completely cool.

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Hello from Canada! Great shot.