Being solitary may mean being alone, but it doesn’t have to mean being lonely. It can mean solitude, a time for sorting out one’s thoughts without distractions. Long walks on back roads are good for that. I was all alone in the back yard, taking pictures of the beautiful fall foliage. I turned and saw this lady walking down the dirt lane at the back of our property, lost in thought and totally unaware of my presence until she got almost to where I was standing.
She was a bit surprised to look up from her contemplations and find herself in the presence of a stranger. We had a good chat, and she shared some of what had been on her mind as she walked that dirt road, and then asked if I’d keep her in prayer. We prayed together right then, and she continued her homeward journey, while I continued my search for that perfect picture. We were both solitary at that point, but not lonely. We’d shared the solace of another’s prayers and presence, and now once again we were enjoying our solitary pursuits.
What does solitary mean to you? Check out this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, and share your interpretation of the theme: solitary. I’ve shared a few of my favorites below:
Life Through the Lens (this is my first favorite!)
Galen911 (I love this one because it’s unexpected – and in Arizona!)
Northern Narratives (this one I chose because I love bare tree photos)
The Urge to Wander (I thought the arches in this were beautiful)
Joy and Woe (solitary but not alone – love this interpretation of the challenge)
scottseyephotos (yes, that’s a mountain of ice in the background!)
Creativity Aroused (oh, how I would love to get a shot like this one!)
and last but definitely not least:
Taking A Deep Breath (this one made me want to visit Ireland!)