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Welcome to daily nature photo and creative writing blog, #NewThisDay

Welcome to my daily nature photo blog

Writing from My Photo Stream ~ Kelly DuMar


#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream

Charles River, Morning View

Charles River, Morning View

The river this morning looked like an oil painting. It was an early walk, this last day of August, and not as long as the dogs would have liked, but I wanted to meet a friend on the pond for paddle boarding. Tonight I am ready for sleep with the satisfied feeling that today I tackled a revision of my Laurel Lake piece, and solved, I think, the problems raised when I shared it with my critique group. It's hybrid prose, I finally realized, and so I need to find the structure that will work, and that structure, I decided, is as a nature guide description of mountain laurel, and I set my prose within that context. And I needed a photo to illustrate. So, I went back into my daily photos from the past three Junes, and almost to the day for each year I found a picture of the mountain laurel that grows in the woods nearby in bloom. I used the one from this year, after all. Yes, satisfied, because I seem to have found a way to make it work better without giving up on my idea and making it more traditional prose. When I opened the document I was afraid I would fail, and even as I ventured into my idea I was almost sure I was failing. And then, I passed through all those doubts, finally, and felt this is working, and I like it.

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