Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

Icicles and Light

We travel through life with great ambition and sometimes imagining that we have huge talent just waiting to be unlocked.

I bought myself some golf clubs and imagined myself a Championship player.  I can’t get my handicap lower than 20!

I bought myself a guitar and imagined myself as the next Bob Dylan.  I can’t play the guitar, write songs or sing.  But then again Bob can’t sing that well either!

I started to write a blog and imagined myself a great writer.  I can’t even get Freshly Pressed!

A long time ago, about 1976, I bought myself an SLR camera and imagined myself a great photographer.  This is one of the images from that brief period of expectation that I was certain would be snapped up by National Geographic. It wasn’t!


22 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

  1. I’m not entirely sure that “Freshly Pressed” is necessarily the best indication of being a ‘great writer’… 😀


  2. You win with this photo. It’s awesome and who really cares about being Freshly Pressed. Look at all the hits you’ve collected and the wonderful travels you have shared! 😛


  3. I’m with Tess. If I had as many hits to my blog as you I would be dancing in the street. As Gunta says I don’t think not being FP is an indication of not being a great writer. Andrew there are very few blogs where I would stick in with a long narrative. I do so because you are a very good writer and I love the insertion of humor. A Bill Brysonesque style. 🙂
    Feel free to delete this comment but if you haven’t read this link about FP here it is. http://en.support.wordpress.com/freshly-pressed/


    • It was just a comment that seemed to fit with the post – I am not suicidal about it!


      • Oh you are hilarious. No I didn’t suppose you were. Delete away my friend.


      • I’d be interested in what you think.
        I read somewhere (BBC I think) that a web page should be no longer than 1,000 words because that is the point at which readers lose interest. I always aim for about 800. Pictures use up precious space so I restrict these to 3. Space is important because I have so many more posts to write!


      • I have done quite a bit of reading on this. Perhaps more than total word count I focus on the advice of breaking up narrative with either spacing or photos every four or so sentences. I think James and Terri do a really good job of this.
        There is also advice out there about bolding font or having subtitles. I havent done much of that.


  4. That’d be National Geographic’s loss then………..


  5. I don’t think you’re alone in this. I have tried many things, myself. I have a painting in the corner that has maybe half the definition of the flowers worked out. It has been there for a few years, now. I have an art desk full of clear ornaments I -still- haven’t done yet, despite the holidays coming up. When I was little, in middle school, I would write all sorts of stories I would mail my Aunt to read. I have learned fishing, tied flies, learned shooting (gun/bow), piano, jiu jitsu, once fancied the idea of Tai Chi, taken part in writing and editorial internships, taken a cake making class, bought a sushi book that remains buried in my closet, taken up running, taken up couch sitting ;), learned to snowboard last winter, once built a bar, sometimes write poems, and most likely more that I can’t remember.

    It is not the things we take up, and do not excel at that we should remorse over. To not imagine at all, that is real failure.


  6. This is a very nice picture. National Geographic certainly missed out!


  7. You’re doing a great job, Andrew, believe me. I’ve loved reading about your travels and you have certainly kept me entertained, whereas some of the stuff I have read on Freshly Pressed…well let’s just say I’ve almost fallen asleep or pressed the back button a few paragraphs in.


  8. It hardly seems appropriate to ‘like’ this post, Andrew, but I love the photo and I heartily sympathise. 🙂


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