This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Everyday Life.
I recently returned from a quick trip — part errand, part enjoyment — 750 miles and light-years away from my daily life. I stayed in the VQ (military speak for Visitor’s Quarters) on the base where my son is stationed. While I certainly felt safer than I might in a nearby hotel, it did feel odd to stay someplace where the culture is the same, but the rules make it entirely different: showing identification when entering the premises, hearing my son answer his cell phone with “Lieutenant B—-”, passing two different gas stations where I was not legally able to buy gas, obeying large red “AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY” signs, feeling out-of-place as a civilian.
In thinking about today’s challenge, I started thinking about what “everyday” really meant. Sure, we all understand the daily routine: Lather. Rinse. Repeat. We do what we are supposed to do.
Sunrise. Eat. Work. Play. Sunset. Sleep.
I usually shoot nature photography. I like the little details that so often go unnoticed as you walk by a flower, swat away an annoying bug, hurry home at the end of the day not paying attention to the colors on the horizon as the sun slips out of sight. I don’t often shoot people, or things that seem — well — normal. But, even in those things, one can find the extraordinary.
A bird at sunrise:
Wondering what direction the day will take:
Nurturing a child:
Catching a breath after running up the stairs:
Doing one’s job:
Noticing something in the world around us that has nothing to do with our lives: