Today’s Photography 101 theme is treasure.
What’s your treasure? Perhaps you found a coat at the thrift store like the one your grandfather wore, or took a once-in-a-lifetime trip through the Himalaya. Maybe you treasure your children, or your cat, or a quiet space in the woods. Show us an image that represents a treasure to you.
Tip: Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.
When I was 18, my university roommate arrived home with a tiny grey kitten. Somehow, she became my kitten. When the school year was over, my roommate and I parted ways, and the kitty came home to live with me. That kitty (Nobie) lived 19 years. In other words, when she died, she had been with me more than half my life. I can’t begin to explain how grief stricken I was by her death. Five years have passed and I still miss her like crazy.
When I got the news that Nobie didn’t have long to live, there were men working here on the property with excavating machinery. My mom asked one of the men to dig a hole out back so that I would not have to do that horribly painful task later on. I’m sooooo grateful to her for thinking of that. It was only a few short days later when that hole was needed. My parents were with me when Nobie passed. My dad surprised me with a casket he made for her. He put her in it, and then the three of us buried her together. It was late in the day and it was beginning to get dark. We had enough light to get the job done, but we didn’t tidy up around the site. The next day, I went back out there, alone, to finish. When I was raking the soil back in place, I found this horseshoe. I think of it as my last gift from her—a gift from the grave. I will always treasure it.