Approaching Front

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© linda woods
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UploadedDecember 25, 2009
TakenDecember 24, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/750 sec at f/22
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length40 mm
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Sometimes the color and light I see from my porch truly takes my breath away. The skies today were unbelievable, changing all day long. Such fun.

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  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (25 Dec 2009):

    You have an incredible view!! Awesome shot!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    What an image!

  • Arline Grant

    Arline Grant gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    Oh, to live in your world. Beauty out every window and around every corner. Just breathtaking.

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    You know, life is so strange. This house fell into our laps through the internet 5 days after my Mom passed away. She died 3 days before Hurricane Rita came ashore in 2005. Not a good time to die. Everyone was trying to get out of Houston as fast as they could. The lines were clogged on the freeway, gas running out, and a monster storm like Katrina was bearing down on us all. The cemetery was even trying to close. They agreed to stay open to take care of my Mom. All I wanted was to know she was in the ground with my Dad, not lost in some flooded out basement in the medical center. Well, we were all supposed to be at the funeral home for a 2:00 funeral. We battled the freeway and got there, but the hearse bringing my Mom got stuck in the medical center evacuation traffic. Long story short...she missed her own funeral. Gotta laugh now, at the time it was awful. Anyway, they sent us home at 4:30 but said they would stay open until the following morning to get her buried. The hearse arrived there at 11:30 that night. By the next morning, there was no way on EARTH that we could get back to the cemetery as traffic was just gridlocked. We live 25 miles away, in town, we never could have gotten there. So, the minister from our church drove for an hour and a half to travel the mile and a half to the cemetery to perform a service. The 5 men in suits from the cemetery sang amazing grace. They took jpg photos of everything and sent them to me by computer right afterwards. Well, you can imagine my state of mind to miss my own mother's funeral, but I knew I wanted to know where she was. This does relate to our house. Five days after the funeral, my husband was just goofing around on the internet. He saw this little house, furnished, on 2.5 acres, a view of 3 ponds, and 66 minutes outside of Houston. He showed it to me. Still fried mentally, I just gazed into the images of the little house and knew we had to go and look at it. We were not even looking for a house n the country, but I took care of my Mom for 13 years after my Dad passed. We took one week of vacation a year to somewhere beautiful like Maine or California and came back more nature starved than ever. I remembered one day when I said to her, "I can't believe people live in places like pretty...." I had even turned down two career moves to pretty places because she did not want to leave her doctors and the Houston medical center and said she would not go with us. I could not leave her alone, so I turned those jobs down. ANyway, I just knew we had to go look at this was just landing in our laps. I called my Mom's real estate agent and she drove us up that same day. They had just subdivided the property that day. IT was originally 3 houses on 6 acres, going as a B&B compound. After 8 months of trying to sell it, they decided to subdivide it into three homes on small acreage, but with huge views. We were the first people to see it after they divided the property. We walked into the house, silently walked through the whole thing, jaws dropped at how much we wanted it and how perfect it seemed for us. We walked out on the front porch, sat down in silence on the steps, looked at this view, looked to the left and right (two more ponds) looked at each other and at the same time said, "This is our house." We put a contract on it the same day. Never in our lives have we done anything so impulsive or so right. This house and the land around it, neighbors around it, life around it, has brought us more happiness than we ever dreamed possible. A year after we bought it, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I felt so cheated. How could I be this happy and have THIS happen to me NOW??? Well, I took off a year from work to take care of myself, IN THIS HOUSE. That is when I began photographing with passion I had never known before. Anything beautiful, rare, funny, wild, gorgeous, moving, on four legs, on two legs, anything that moved me was captured by me with such feeling I had never known. Photography became my lifeline during a time that could have been so dark. It saw me through three surgeries and recovery periods, chemo, and radiation. My husband and I were able to escape to this place any time I was not in treatment. It was such a gift. I believe my Mom and Dad have been all around me since her passing. I feel their presence in the roses that remind me of her, the birdhouses that surround our house (she loved birds), and I know my Dad would be thrilled to know I knew when to jump on something so right for us that he could provide through his estate. All of his years of hard work for our family are materialized in this love affair of a home that we have in the country. This house has also brought the rest of the family so much closer together. We celebrate all birthdays and holidays here with my husband's family. It's their house too. We all feel the love in this house. My husband writes here. I taught him to do photography here as well. Photography is a passion now for both of us and a joy that we share.. You know, it's funny. I just sat down to write a brief reply to Arline Grant after she commented on this photo. This IS who I am.

  • linda woods

    linda woods gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    I can't believe I just wrote all that, so straight from the heart. It just poured out of me. I realize now that I have a photo essay with this accompanying text. I will change it a bit, add to it, etc. But my husband and I will put the photos together to do this. Let me add now that HE also experienced cancer while living in this house. He got his right after I was finished with my treatments. Oddly enough, hurricane Ike was going on at the same time he was recovering in the hospital from colon surgery. This house blessed us with sanity during the time he went through his treatments and recovery as well. NOW...we are both fully recovered, side effects gone, and LIFE GOES ON. I am now 3.5 years out of treatment, he is 1.5 years out. All of our tests are great, we feel great, we do not live in any kind of fear. We live in joy. Joy that this house and this life have brought to us. So much joy.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (29 Dec 2009):

    beautiful capture of a beautiful place and thank you for sharing your heart!

  • Christopher Woods

    Christopher Woods gave props (2 Jan 2010):

    This captures the way it really looks.

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