Four Seasons of Recovery

Almost a year ago, I tripped and fell on a concrete sidewalk. I broke and fractured two bones, and it took several months to recover. Last week, the hardware that held my ulna bone together was removed. I felt like I’d been reborn! In addition to the period of healing that was required, I was caring for my mother and, like most people, trying to sidestep the pandemic. I’m grateful that I was able to continue working on a variety of client projects from home, but I had to put my personal and professional photography aside for a long time.

The experience helped me become more patient and introspective, and I utilized the time to learn and grow by discovering the power within. I have a greater appreciation for each day and the simple things in life. My family and friends were very supportive and helpful, and they made the recovery much more bearable.

Fortunately, I live in an area that has beautiful parks and gardens, and I spent a lot of time in nature during those four seasons. It truly is the great equalizer!

The fall color arrived later than usual this year. We were blessed with mild weather as the leaves became more colorful. The day before my surgery, I spent a couple of hours walking and taking photos in the Missouri Botanical Garden. I was overwhelmed and inspired by the spectacular displays, especially in the English, Chinese, and Japanese Gardens. It was a spiritual experience, and I’ll never forget how wonderful it felt to be there that day!

A new chapter has begun, and I’m excited about what is coming next! There are more photographs on Flickr.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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