SERENDIPITY PHOTO PROMPT 2015 #15 –
SUNLIGHT THROUGH LEAVES
Wednesday – July 22, 2015
It’s Frisbee Wednesday again. I was cruising my cameras’ memory chips the other day and found pictures. “What a shock!” you cry. “How strange to find photographs on memory chips in cameras!”
Point taken. The thing is, I forgot I ever took this batch of pictures. It wasn’t all that long ago, around the third week in May. The weather had warmed up from the long, cold winter. The snow was gone. It was one of the first days after new leaves had popped.
Garry and I had driven down route 16 toward Milford looking for trees, fresh leaves, and flowering shrubs.
The sun was bright. The leaves had the golden green which heralds a new season. I love the way light filters through trees. I have taken thousands of pictures of sunlight on foliage. I had taken a couple of dozen on this day.
Until the neighbors came out to chase us away. It was an unpleasant surprise, but we weren’t interested in making a scene. We left. Puzzled. Was it because our car is old? Because we’re strangers? Because they live in the classy part of town? Not to put too fine a point on it, but it’s not all that classy.
They were apparently sure we were casing their houses. For what? Two senior citizens taking pictures are so suspicious they had to be rousted? Is their stuff as valuable as all that? Do they figure we are desperadoes? Or do they assume everyone is out to get them?
That’s the big difference between our towns — just four miles apart. Unless they see you putting their stuff in your pickup, our neighbors do not assume you’re there to steal their stuff. Please don’t trample the flowers.
In our local grocery, complete strangers jump into conversations as a matter of course. Which is fine. It makes shopping fun. Certainly more interesting. Being out and about in local stores isn’t just errands. It’s an opportunity to meet people, do a bit of casual socializing.
As a big plus, the people we meet are not usually buried in cell phones or disconnected from the world by headphones. They are open to chatting. Any excuse will do.
Is it because we have more than enough privacy and put more value on connections? It’s curious how two towns can be so close — and so different.
I decided the photographs are lovely, even if the townspeople were not.