The Flow

August 13, 2014

BW photograph of Morgan Run after a heavy rain.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

“Going with the flow” is an old saying suggesting that relaxing and moving with, instead of against, a force creates a calmer atmosphere and more peaceful existence.

Given all that is happening around the globe, this could be pretty useful advice.  Of course, the opposite could be true as well.  In some parts of the world, Syria, Iraq, Israel/Gaza, and South Sudan, for example, going with the current flow would bring about more chaos.  The day before yesterday, Robin Williams apparently took his own life and therefore appears to have ended whatever struggles with which he was dealing.  Earlier this year, Philip Seymour Hoffman overdosed and died after a period of absence from drug use.  Mr. Williams and Mr. Hoffman left behind very impressive bodies of work and both often played characters that perhaps gave some peek into their own inner psyches.  The depth and power of their performances must have had some anchor within.  Yes, sometimes going with the flow can lead to a continued descent down the rabbit hole.  (The latter part of that sentence often has a negative connotation and is referencing a rapidly worsening situation.  It traces back to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.)

This morning at Morgan Run, which is where the above photograph was made, going with the flow was a very different experience.  The sun was rising, the fog burning off, and a clarity to the day was at hand.  The roar of the rushing water was smoothed by a shutter speed that remained open and allowed for a quieting of the noise and drama-it simply went past the camera.  Knowing how shutter speeds interact with motion stilled my internal chatter and let me settle into the scene-I no longer heard the water as it truly did just flow on by.

It was a nice morning to be out and about.

Take care.



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