A sniper’s view.
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This past week I was in a funk.
An I-can’t-do-anything-right-my-house-is-a-wreck-what’s-wrong-with-me-’cause-everything-seems-fine kind of funk. It’s pretty typical this time of year. The weather (oh, the weather), the letdown following the holidays, coupled with all that’s going on in the world makes for a real downer.
If we were filthy rich, this would be the time of the year I’d schedule a vacation to the Caribbean or somewhere with warm blue waters and lots of sunshine.
But we’re not.
So we can’t.
Instead, I did the next best thing, I got out of the house. A change of scenery, even if just down the road, does a body (and mind) good. I had a few errands to run, but afterwards my son and I headed to the top level of a parking deck in downtown Greenville, SC with our cameras in tow for a different perspective. A sniper’s view.
I handed my son my old camera, along with a few pointers, and let him have at it. I was trying out my new lens so I just took pictures of everything I could see. A sniper’s eye spy if you will.
(Look, I just broke the “Rule of Thirds” in photography…nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah.)
A storm was headed in so we saw spied some beautiful clouds.
There’s Table Rock in the distance.
And steeples were everywhere to be seen.
Here’s another.And another.And a couple more.
I’d never noticed all of these before from ground level.
We saw antennas and satellite dishes.
Roof tops over busy people at work – or play.
A playground in the middle of it all.
Of course automobiles of all kinds were passing below.
I spy with my little eye something green.And something white.And something blue. Wonder what he’s haulin’? And a bright yellow taxi. Taxi! Can I get a lift to the Caribbean please?
As we were getting ready to leave I spied these feathered onlookers. They seemed curious. Keep to yourself you dirty little things.
We finished up and headed home and I with a bit better frame of mind. I know this post is a little boring, blah, nothing special, but I think it’s important to see that the world keeps on keepin’ on.
And I should too.
So, how do you get de-funkdefied? Is there a special place you go to clear the cobwebs? Does music help you through? Or do you have one of those fancy sun lamps?
Great post! I need to get out-winter is getting me down. Sure, I would love to go to tropical location, but that is not realistic. So to de-funk I workout, spend time with my handsome hubs, and Bake!
It depends…sometimes exercise does it for me, especially if I get up early and do it when no kids are bugging me. Reading a book is a great way to get immersed in someone else’s life and forget about what put me in the funk. Also, organizing. It sounds silly, but when I reorganize and dejunk I feel so much fresher afterwards.
lately I bake, but it has not been working, we also go out with cameras and try to change our perspective, winter is long, but it is now half over! and cobwebs….oh I have to got get them all down…..our house is over run with them this time of year! well all times! great post!
Taxi! Can I get a lift to the Caribbean please?
Ha! Love that line.
This post is inspiring and beautiful and so so sweet!!
I so enjoyed your pictures. I live in the Midlands but have spent a fair amount of time in your neck of the woods.
To defunk…… sometmes it’s a trip to TJ Maxx or Target…..or aimlessly wandering in Books A Million.
I have these same feeling every year…especially after our only child (our 33 yr old son) leaves for his home in Philly after Christmas. This year seems to have been a longer funk due to the cold/wet winter. Quite unusual for SC. But the days are getting longer (noticed some daylight at 6:00pm tonight)and that means spring and warmth is just around the corner. Loved the photos. Gville is a beautiful city. I always enjoy our trips there.
Beautiful shots. I’ve been in that same funkified state as of late. I’m sure the weather and this raging head cold have something to do with it. I like to look at our beach vacation pictures and listen to good ole beach music. If I can get my hubby to shag with me, that’s always a plus. It gives me a lift every time.
I might have to knock you over for posting pictures so full of sunshine. It is the sun specifically that I miss all too much. It is the endless gray, cloudy, misty days here in the Midwest that zap my spirit, I am so jealous!
A walk on the beach on a sunny day. Even in the winter there are days that warm your spirit and melt away the winter blahs. Even if you have to wear a jacket or sweatshirt getting out and soaking up some rays will do it for me.
Love to all,
I go on a LONG walk. The farm we used to live on, was full of wooded paths. My son, dogs and myself still drive there, for our afternoon walks. We love to go, when there isn’t a time to be back. No schedule, just us, nature and my camera.
Your camera does an awesome job! I think I need a new one! Nice photos.
your post makes me miss greenville….
Those steeples are gorgeous. I love the look of your photos. Its crisp and clean but different than a lot of photos out there and I can’t put my finger on it. I want to own that green truck.
I’m not sure what I do to de-funkify. I blog about things that make me happy. Eat good food. Getting outside always helps.
You are very talented my friend. When you are famous I’m going to announce to everyone that I followed you from the start and I’ll show up at all your fancy signing and stuff with a shirt on that say I wear many hats.
That is all.
I have been starting to use our long neglected stair-master. I bring my laptop down into the garage with me while I work out and watch old shows live on Netflix – I get a laugh and some exercise at the same time.
Ooh – what’s your new lens? I’ll get to see it soon when you are in town – that will certainly break you of the blahs! Nothing like the beauty of the Napa Valley!
I could use some defunking. Too bad you didn’t see the SweetTart car…maybe next time!
Not boring at all! I love viewing your photos. What a great idea to go to a rooftop to take photos. Looks like your new lens is working great. Thanks for the post!
WOW cars, roads, buildings….love…can’t wait to see those again!!!
Hmmm funk. I’m in a funk a lot actually. I have a lamp but you need to use it really early in the morning and I find that cuts in on the sleep that I’m constantly trying to catch up on.
Really I read blogs, listen to a good song or watch a favorite show or movie. Something that makes me do something. I find it inspiring to see others doing stuff.
Winter is super hard to make it through. But we’re in February already and it’s a short month….and then holy it’s March and really that’s almost spring (for most people) and then boom summer is here (except for maybe here cause we had snow in June BUT it was still nice after that so it’s super good!) See….you may as well get your shorts out!
My quickest defunker is shopping, but I have no money. So, I know it’s weird, but I clean. I was in a funk this weekend and I cleaned my shower like there was no tomorrow. Poured a whole box of baking soda and scrubbed with a toothbrush. Then a quick rinse and I felt happy! I know it’s strange. I like order, and disorder and dirt get me in a funk. There is plenty of dirt around here, so just to tackle a little corner of my world, does it for me.
My family would be esctatic if I followed your sister’s lead & did some serious serial housecleaning!
My camera + outdoors = me de-funked. Or a nap — but then sometimes I feel guilty, or groggy, so that idea’s risky! Calling my husband to tell him something funny the boyz have done/said. Assailing the paper monster (or Mount Washmore!), who always seems to get the upper hand at my house! It makes me feel virtuous to relieve a horizontal surface of its load of clutter!
I’ll bet Hank enjoyed the sniper’s perspective. : )
Wonderful, engaging pictures and a fun post! I can’t believe you got all those shots from one roof. I guess it’s amazing what we’d see if we really look.
Glad you got defunked and had a good time with your new camera and lens.