All spring and summer long I had scouted and photographed many local photogenic areas, and had made plans to return to these very same places in the fall and winter. Many times I like to photograph areas in all seasons to gain a perspective of how nature affects a landscape. Plus the colors of fall, and the winter snow always make for great images. Unfortunately, plans get changed, sometimes without any warning.
While hiking last week in Minnewaska State Park, I slipped on a wet rock and fractured my right ankle. Two days later I underwent surgery to repair the break, and now I’m starting week 2 of recovery and rehab. It will be 6-8 weeks before I get the cast off, and about 3 months before I can start hiking again. After some introspection, I’ve decided to make this into an opportunity to catch up on my reading, writing, and marketing efforts. There are also many images taken in the last few weeks I have yet to fully evaluate and process, so now is a good a time as ever.
“If there is truly nothing that you can do to change your here and now, then accept your here and now totally by dropping all inner resistance. The false, unhappy self that loves feeling miserable, resentful, or sorry for itself can then no longer survive. This is called surrender. Surrender is not weakness. There is great strength in it. Only a surrendered person has spiritual power. Through surrender, you will be free internally of the situation. You may then find that the situation changes without any effort on your part. In any case, you are free.” Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now