The Photographer and His Assistant

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© linda woods
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UploadedMay 1, 2010
TakenMay 1, 2010
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/1000 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length127 mm
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Morning fog always draws us out into it's magic.

Almost 5 years ago, my mother passed away. It was 3 days before hurricane Rita came ashore in Houston. My husband and I had watched after her and taken care of her for 13 years since my father died. My husband is a native Houstonian, I am not. I had a childhood in the country. I missed that nature connection, and he was just flat out nature starved. Miraculously, five days after my Mom passed and the hurricane mess was pretty much over for us, my husband was just goofing around on the internet. He stumbled upon a photograph and ad for a farmhouse in Chappell Hill, Texas, just an hour outside of Houston, but a world away. While we were still very "fried" from my Mom's passing and the storm, something told us we just had to go to look at this hundred year old farmhouse that was furnished and just an hour away. We did it the same day we saw the ad, despite how tired and exhausted we were from all of that stress and grief. Like a magnet, we were drawn to this place. I call it divine intervention. We walked up the steps into the farmhouse on that day, silent. Neither of us dared breath, for fear we were dreaming. We walked through the house in silence, each of us feeling an instant love affair with this house. We could feel the healing it would offer. We walked out on the front porch and sat down, still silent. We looked across the street at a giant pond, next door to another pond, and then to the other side at some calves frolicking on the hilltop. It was only then that we looked at each other and simultaneously stated, "This is our house." We put a contract on it the next day. We never ever forget how lucky we are to have found our nirvana so close to where we both have to continue to work until retirement. We now call this place home, "the healing house," and "Moonbird HIll." We call it Moonbird HIll because my mother LOVED the moon, and she loved birds. We have 9 bird houses filled with bluebirds outside surrounding our house. In her honor. We have roses all around the house because she loved roses. And we look at the moon a lot. My husband once wrote a play called "Moonbirds." We have met wonderful neighbors here. We were meant to live here. It is a miracle that we found this house, our home that nurtures us. We both went through cancer treatment since we acquired this house. Both of us are survivors. We love life, And we love our healing house.

15 responses

  • William Tracy

    William Tracy said (1 May 2010):

    What a magnificent image! I'd frame this and put it on the wall!

  • Arline Grant

    Arline Grant gave props (1 May 2010):

    Not only is the photo beautiful, so is their well as where you live! I am envious every time I open your page!

  • Dorothy Menosky

    Dorothy Menosky gave props (1 May 2010):

    So lovely!

  • linda woods

    linda woods said (1 May 2010):

    Thanks, Arline, Dorothy, and William. We count our blessings every day.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (1 May 2010):

    I love this!! Beautiful light and yes, it is magic.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (1 May 2010):

    wonderful light & color!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (1 May 2010):

    very beautiful shot Linda!!!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (2 May 2010):

    The Texas Hill country is always beautiful, we live a few hours drive from there and go as much as we can. This shot is so magical with the fog and your husband and dog are off to find photos together. It's a wonderful photo!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (2 May 2010):

    Very lovely...You are right...Fog is magical lighting at its best and what photographers wait for with anticipation...You also have beautiful foreground and background scenery of wildflowers included with the walk that adds beauty to this image...Well done!.

  • Rusty Katchmer

    Rusty Katchmer gave props (2 May 2010):

    Your story is moving and the photo depicts the feeling so well!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (4 May 2010):

    Wonderful photo and even better story. It's amazing how much just appreciating what is around us can heal and nurture our souls. You are truly blessed.

  • Cathy McLain

    Cathy McLain   gave props (6 May 2010):

    I love it. The two of YOU deserve props.

  • Karen Lynch

    Karen Lynch gave props (16 May 2010):

    This beautiful photo honors your uplifting story and spirit of enjoying life for each day we are given. Beautiful light and subject!

  • ellie huntress

    ellie huntress gave props (23 Aug 2010):

    description is so touching. i would love to find a house of my own like that one day. big props :)

  • Michael Dolero

    Michael Dolero gave props (1 Apr 2011):

    very dramatic!

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