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What's Down There?

What's Down There?
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-07 13:52
Viewed: 2420
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo reminds me of brighter days. At first I didn't like it because I didn't get a straight on shot, but then realized how much I love the colors in this in spite of the hot spots.

Yesterday I went to the dentist (this has a point) and as I've mentioned in the past few days, I had a tooth that was really causing some pain. After X-rays were taken, the dentist was amazed that I had managed to make it as long as I did before I could make it in. See, not only was the nerve exposed, it was actually dangling from the tooth. They literally rebuilt my tooth with a filling.

I was asked by a couple of different people how I managed to get through what must've been agonizing pain and I spoke the truth: photography allows me into another world, one where I can escape the reality of my problems. I suppose I was able to zone out the pain and focus on the subjects at hand without the use of pills.

I won't deny the pain, at times, seemed more than I could handle. When it got to the point where I felt tears, I grabbed my camera and headed out.

For the past year, I've used photography as my therapy, but I never recognized it as a pain-reducer. I'm still in a lot of pain and today I'm exhausted. Turns out I did indeed get a major infection that ultimately could've cost me my life. I've heard of cases of severe illnesses being caused by bad teeth, but I ignored every warning symptom because it was easier to do than dealing with it.

To make a long story short, it's moments like these that remind me brighter days are coming - and in my darkness of pain, this bright spot of color allowed me joy and an ability to forget - however briefly, the pain and illness that infected my body. It's one more reason I'm so thankful that I've been blessed in so many ways.

I'll try to catch up on notes/critiques a little later. Today I just wanted to share how photography not only brightens our world, but it can help stave off internal pain as well. :)

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What an adorable bird! Just beautiful!!!

Thank you for sharing your pain and your thoughts here. I know its hard to be vulnerable and share that with others.

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