Sorrow at the Chapel

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© L Hartley
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UploadedJanuary 11, 2010
TakenJanuary 10, 2010
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Exposure1/160 sec at f/9
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Focal Length55 mm
ISO400
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My neighbor, a retired doctor, lost his wife, and then, three days later, his dog, to cancer, the week after Chrstmas. He did not tell me this when it happend, as I hardly knew him. He has lived near, and I've seen him over the back fences for three years, as he tends his horse, but we hardly spoke. However, his car was stuck in recent blizzard snow that fell here, and we chanced upon him, stuck. We gave him a lift to a military chapel where he had married his wife. Here, he sat and told us of her death, and wept. Here, he waits for some old photos of her. It is so odd that this category opened the day I downloaded these images. I am honored to know my neighbor now, and have an opportunity to help him in perhaps his greatest time of need.

I am reminded of a beautiful biblical quote, "Come to me, all ye who travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you....."

And also one from Elvis, "You saw me crying in the chapel...." Elvis just had his 75th birthday pass, and so did my new friend and neighbor, Dr. Murphy.

16 responses

  • Billy Houckham

    Billy Houckham said (11 Jan 2010):

    I cried when i read this.

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (11 Jan 2010):

    ........................... RAJEEV

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (11 Jan 2010):

    This image is worth a 1000 words. However, the story is very touching.

  • Tina Smith

    Tina Smith gave props (13 Jan 2010):

    beautiful.

  • H T

    H T (Deleted) gave props (14 Jan 2010):

    Laura your pictures tell a story and are wonderfully done

  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson (Deleted) said (15 Jan 2010):

    Poignant and beautiful. This is great composition, Laura.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Jan 2010):

    Magnificent entry.

  • Ib Corneliussen Nielsen

    Ib Corneliussen Nielsen gave props (23 Jan 2010):

    The picture and your words make me start thinking. Excellent.

  • Fernando Villalobos

    Fernando Villalobos said (9 Feb 2010):

    THIS is a story ... the image is great .

  • Ævar B. Jak.

    Ævar B. Jak. gave props (9 Feb 2010):

    I feel the sorrow, you capture it well in your photo, with your stunning feeling for light, shadows and compositon. HEARTBRAKING!!!

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (8 Mar 2010):

    This packs an emotional punch Laura..

  • Dan Richards

    Dan Richards (Deleted) gave props (11 Mar 2010):

    The one thing I see in this, is the excellent record of the emotion of the man. No over drama, nothing artificial. Beautifully captured.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (13 Mar 2010):

    very touching, the image is moving in itself without even knowing the background..

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (21 Mar 2010):

    Great story and picture

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (29 Oct 2010):

    Oh my gosh...this image and your words brought tears to my eyes....So sad....But I'm glad that you've now met him and can possibly offer him some comfort....What a moving, beautiful, sad image...

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (12 Nov 2010):

    Wow! Really glad I happened upon this photo. So powerful, heartfelt and real.

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