Sunday, February 10, 2019

Poolside impressionism

Feeling reflective
Orlando, FL
February 2019
This photo originally shared on Instagram
My late father used to say any day he woke up above the grass instead of below it was a good day. He was right, of course, but I think there's room for more: Any day we get is a gift, and some days are better than others.

Thursday was a better-than-others day. We had just wrapped up a 3-day conference in Orlando, and after changing into something a little comfier, we gathered around the pool to decompress and reflect. I'm lucky in so many ways, including the fact that I genuinely like the people I work with. It's a tech research company, so everyone around me is freaking brilliant. And kind. So as I often do when I feel comfortable, I grabbed my camera. I settled on the water, because for something that has no inherent color, it's pretty good at reflecting its environment. You change the scene simply by changing your perspective. Crazy how that works, no?

By now, my colleagues are well aware of my little addiction, so they happily suggested what I might want to shoot next. I'm admittedly not 100% pleased with this near-impressionistic, wave-scattered mirror. If I could shoot it again, I'd use a different camera, take more time. But that wasn't the point. This pic is just a placeholder, a marker of a moment where everything felt right, where we celebrated, briefly, an experience that reinforced why we love what we do.

The outside world awaited us all, and we gradually melted off to catch flights home or elsewhere, to return to the more grey-tinged routines that awaited us at the other end. I needed to remember that feeling of contentment before it, too, evaporated for good. This photo isn't worth a thousand words - indeed, it contains no words at all, because some moments are best felt, not described. I'm glad this was another above-the-grass day. I'd hate to have missed out.

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