An Enchanted Life
Is it shameless to say I don't tire of seeing my work in print?
Because I don't. Not for one little minute.
Everytime I see my work in a new publication, I turn into that 6 year old little girl whose bright eyes just gleam and burst wide open with pure amazement & childish delight. My insides get all filled up with what i imagine to be prettly lil' butterflies, and I end up spilling over with contagious excitement. You remember that feeling dontcha? When the world seems undeniably grand and not even one little thing seems unattainable or out of reach. It's an inspiring thrill, to get back even the smallest piece of that innocent wonder.
There's just that magical something about seeing my work transformed within pages of a magazine, or a book. Somehow, it takes what I think is ordinary... into ex-tra-ordinary... and I find myself saying... 'heh... i really did that!' This, my friends... is no exception.
To see a slightly different variation of my Autumn's Enchanted Forest photograph featured on Stampington's website, and in the Life Images magazine simply made my day today. Naturally, memories of taking that photo came flooding back as well, and I found myself smiling an almost maniacal grin... all to myself .... while paging through the magazine.
"Autumn's Enchanted Forest" | Umstead State Park | Raleigh, North Carolina | © Christy Hydeck
The day I took that picture, was awesome ... i mean truly...just... awesome in the fullest sense of the word. It was breathtaking.. and had left me speechless. (a small miracle if you ask some people) Truth be told, I never thought my photos of that forest did it justice; I felt so connected to that piece of the forest.... how could a lens possibly capture and convey that?
Go get yourself a copy, and check it out. There is page after page of inspiring photographs, words, and journal entries that will leave you feeling a bit refreshed and ready to... well... just live. Not just make your way through a day -- but ready to experience life. Living, truly living. Glorious!
I'll leave you to go do that as I wrap myself in memories of Pittsburgh in the fall, the woods behind my parents home that were my very own Terabithia, playing our version of Pac-Man through paths in the leaves (remember that Heidi?), homecomings, bonfires, warm tea with Gramma and oh-so-much more.
So what if it's Spring? It's never too early to experience Autumn's Enchantment.