Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Weekly Photo Challenge – My 2012 in Pictures

Driftwood, Lake Ferry, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2012

All washed up

Many of the joys of life come from exploration, its one of those things that keeps you alive and interested. Whether it is exploration of new places near or far from home, new ideas, new hobbies, new techniques in pursuit of improvement or perfection, or whatever it is that satisfies your curiosity, finding interesting things keeps you moving forward.

The image above, taken in February at Lake Ferry in the Wairarapa District near New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, prompted these thoughts.  How would I feel if I reached a point in life when I felt all washed up.  Here the remnants of a once thriving tree are left stranded in a stony shore, bleached grey by the sun and apparently useless to anyone. Yet that is what happens to many people in our societies – left abandoned and all washed up.  What ever happened to their desire for exploration, or were they never given a real chance to start with?

As we move into 2013 let’s keep our drive to explore alive, and maybe even help someone who has lost their sense of direction to explore new ways to become alive again.


6 responses

  1. Thanks for this.

    January 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    • My pleasure. Enjoy your exploring. Chris G

      January 5, 2013 at 6:33 am

  2. twoscamps

    Life is all about exploration. It’s what keeps me happy:-). Wishing you many new discoveries in 2013. Maureen

    January 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

    • Many thanks Maureen. Looking forward to our explorations this year. Chris G

      January 7, 2013 at 9:04 am

  3. Love the shot, but let’s remember that altho it’s no longer a tree, it’s still beautiful and worthy of attention. Just like those of us who, like you, are now retired and contributing in a new and different way!

    January 8, 2013 at 3:57 am

    • That’s like so many things in life, overlooked or discarded but still worthy of attention. Thanks, Chris G

      January 8, 2013 at 8:22 am

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