WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

21 September 2012


Solitary, Nikon DSLR, September 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012


Last week I decided to take an afternoon walk at the reservoir on the other side of town. This site has a spectacular view of our small city, but it also provides a place to walk, run, stroll, and socialize. I took my long lens and my walking shoes, and spent a glorious few hours as the sunlight was cast against a greying sky.

Clouds rolled and passed. They hid the sun, and created bans that foreshadowed a light rain. It was a good place to be for a photo shoot.

When I saw WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge, I knew that the image of the solitary runner was my choice to post in the Lens section. I took the photograph as I headed up the path that leads to the hilltop where the reservoir sits as a facility for scores of locals.

On this particular day I saw mothers pushing strollers, singles running, groups walking,  high school cross country team practicing, and college students exercising. This space lures a kaleidoscope of outdoor enthusiasts.

The view from the reservoir sweeps through the town, and is one of the few points where you can actually see a distance of a few miles. As you savor the expanse, you have a chance to pan the area that we pass daily. Only what we see is altered and heightened.

At this vantage point quiet can be realized, solitude can be felt. There was a span of time when all I could hear were the geese gliding onto the water. Everyone respects the privacy of others, even the wildlife.

The solitary runner is a symbol of the convergence of nature and human nature: the water provided by the reservoir and the space that it inhabits, which has multiple uses.

I hope that we never have to use it for its purpose. I hope that it will be the place that we go just to enjoy dawn and dusk and any time in between.

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

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28 Responses to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

  1. Pingback: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary « Best WordPress Theme

  2. eof737 says:

    Love the silhouette! 🙂

  3. munchow says:

    It’s a beautiful picture, one that definitely generates a feeling of solitude, although in a positive sense. As in being alone with the elements, contemplating, spiritual, or being in peace with oneself as Island Traveler writes. The graphics are simple but very strong with the stark silhouette against the dramatic sky. But maybe something less pleasant is looming up there?

  4. marialla says:

    I feared looking at the image too long as I felt my small tears forming withing my heart. The clouds, the solitary runner, the black and white tones, the ancient feeling of running free – away from the trappings of humanity, the bustle, the noise, the crowds. Free to see far into the present, to be present and to see self (just self with all there be around self). Thank you – great photo!!

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  6. A perfect capture of solitude, of peace and being one with oneself…and the joys that goes with it. Beautiful B&W image that reminds me of the happiness of being free to be oneself….Thanks.

  7. Madhu says:

    Just beautiful! And perfect for the challenge 🙂

  8. Gracie says:

    Excellent, Sally! Very fitting image for the challenge.

  9. Jeni says:

    So stark, striking.

  10. Amy says:

    Through your lens and pens, solitary looks and sounds enjoyable dawn and dust and in between. Thank you, Sally!

  11. icastel says:

    Great shot! Nicely balanced and toned.

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  13. I think this is definitely one of my favorite photographs! It is very evocative of the feelings of being alone.

  14. Awesome!!! Excellent take on the theme!!!

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