Mt. Hood from Trillium Lake · Mt. Hood National Forest · Government Camp · Oregon · USA
Day breaks upon the calm reflective waters of Trillium Lake, where I rendezvoused with Paul Dekort and encountered a group of kind camera clubbers from Vancouver, BC, including Carol Ailles. We were largely deprived of what could have been one spectacular light show thanks to some gauzy high clouds to the east that blotted out the sun at the most inopportune times, but standing before such a soul-soothing vista it seems a bit petty of me to be complaining about it. I'm actually not...I appreciate every moment I get to spend in the great outdoors, particularly if I can share the reprieve from the daily grind amongst some friendly company.
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The above is a much-abbreviated and literal version of the caption I'd originally intended for this image. Ultimately, what started off as a caption grew into a blog entry and in its final manifestation perhaps qualifies as a short story. If you care to read it, I'd be most thankful for your time and deeply appreciative of your effort. It's rare that I feel this compelled to put such a story to words.
And if you don't have the time or interest to read the story, I fully understand, and I'll just leave you with this: We are all just travelers sharing time and/or space for a moment, and we all carry the weight of our struggles with us. Why not be kind and good to one another?
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"One Soul's Sojourn":
Paul Dekort: http://www.pauldekortphotography.com/
Carol Ailles: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/carolaillesphotography.html