Indeed, this is a lovely spot to perch. If I were a dragonfly, I'd make this my favorite lookout spot too.
After too much time spent thinking about it, I finally decided to crop this photo slightly to show a bit more of the details & sparkle on the dragonfly's wings. But it was a hard decision to make. I love the soft colors & textures of the background & the storybook feeling it gives as much as the sparkle & detail of the dragonfly. But, honestly & most of all, I am wanting to stay true to the reason I turned to photography, which was to focus my mind elsewhere away from my chronic pain & sadness, & to do so in some artistic, authentic & meaningful way. I wish to share in an artistic & honest way too.
Social apps, like some cliques I've discovered, have a way of slowly chipping away at my own authenticity & truth. I suppose it's no different than society limiting & shaping me into a set of norms suitable for keeping the peace in a multicultural world that favors one culture. I understand, as it was my job to do so, the need to edit our scripts to best suit an audience. But before I knew it, much of the truth about the various abuses we were all either enduring or getting away with were being covered up & the norm for truthful, caring & meaningful relationships within our audiences was no longer the norm. Lying & keeping secrets were considered skills & assets more important than truth & care for one another. Being silent & able to tolerate an abuse of power became the norm.
The point at which I limit my truth to win over an audience, I stop becoming the artist I feel the need to be.
After years of grief, depression & chronic pain, I am grateful, inspired &--in nature & my art studio, I'm content.