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  • Betty Girardeau

There's No Place Like Home

There are two especially memorable lines from "The Wizard of Oz:" 'We aren't in Kansas anymore,' and the magic line that finally works for Dorothy after her journey down the yellow brick road, 'There's no place like home.' I don't believe that there are any of us who, after being away on even the most fabulous trips, doesn't rejoice at returning home again. Home is our anchor point. It is from our homes we "recharge our batteries" and, if we are lucky, contemplate our next adventure away. Currently for all or most of us, home has become a place of refuge from a frightening virus. Hopefully, we are feeling a new appreciation of it. For those who are sick and for their families the idea of returning home is a goal to be fervently hoped for and sought. I am so very fortunate to live in a community in a part of East Tennessee that is especially beautiful at any time of the year. I take daily walks, and it is rare when I don't find something to photograph along the way. Actually all of us can find beauty in and around our homes that can help us to rejoice at having another day given to us. It can be a sunrise or sunset or it can be in something so tiny, like a dew drop on the fluffy top of a dandelion seed that we might ordinarily have overlooked. One of the things that I remember especially having learned during that first photo workshop in the Fall of 2012, is that I knew I would never be able to look at the world in the same way again. I recognized that I was actually a part of a big world with so many pieces that make it up and enrich it which deserve to be noticed and appreciated even in the smallest detail. It's easy to see and appreciate a spectacular dawn. But if you really look around you can find amazing and beautiful things in what you might consider just mundane and maybe even ugly. My theme for the next few days is going to be to share some of what I have found worthy of stopping long enough to really look at and consider worthy of capturing for a picture. Today's "Happy Picture," though is of beauty of an "in your face variety," the entrance drive to my community captured in the early morning hours in the spring of 2016.

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