August 14, 2008

Myriam and the moon

Myriam, Manzanita beach, Oregon, Canon Rebel Xti

"That's why I came," she said, and pointed to this picture on the little screen of my camera. And I understood her completely. We got to see ourselves this weekend. We got to see our spirits reflected back to us. In a world where all we notice is what's wrong, how far we have to go, what we need to is a rare gift.

What an incredible thing, to see ourselves as we truly are, the magic of ourselves, the gift of us. Not the better lose this, trim this, icky, what's my hair doing, scrunch of the face we often do in the mirror, but the seeing the best of who we are reflected back to us in someone else's eyes.

We didn't plan it this way but I saw it unfold all around us. Unspoken or not, there were whispers in the cool, salty air...I see you. I see how wise you are, and funny... Wow, you are so powerful and tender all at the same time. You are a safe haven, it's good to be near you...

It's hard to put into words. We vascillated between deep talks and tears that surprised us to silly dancing around the bonfire with wigs and outrageous laughter. There's something special that happens when girls get together. It's intimate, it's fun, it's silly, it's sacred.. This was all of those things.

I look forward to sharing more photos and stories with you...

Posted on August 14, 2008 07:50 AM

...when girls get together
they turn into little girls

Posted by: jfrancis at August 19, 2008 05:48 PM

Amazing shot - really moving.

Posted by: Frizz at August 19, 2008 05:35 AM

So, I am in the middle of my first listen to Jonatha Brooke's beautiful new album (it's amazing, go buy it now!). I decided to look at the blog on Superhero designs and ran into this amazing picture - I teared up right away. The moon has always held a special place for me - something about moons and mothers. I used to sing an aria from an opera about a mermaid (yes, the one Little Mermaid was based on) and the moon was the mermaid's mother. She sang, "Oh, moon, do not wane". So, this picture seemed to capture the magic and joy of the night and the moon.

Posted by: Amy at August 18, 2008 02:59 PM

gorgeous photo and reflections on your time by the sea with such amazing women.

Girl time is so valuable.


Posted by: thea at August 18, 2008 02:42 PM

i LOVE this picture. i hope this girl puts it in a frame and puts in her bathroom. it's fabulous.

Posted by: liz at August 18, 2008 10:37 AM

That sweet Myriam is quite a gift. Lovely to see that you've captured her so beautifully.

Posted by: littlepurplecow at August 17, 2008 07:27 PM

Lovely lovely photo--I'm always inspired by your work. I must say this post almost made me cry though...wishing I had girl friends like that. I have an amazing husband wonderful dog but girl friends have always been few and far between for me.

Posted by: Pamela at August 16, 2008 09:27 PM

Wow. Beautiful photo. I've been meaning to learn how to shoot night/dark shots. This one is certainly inspiring.

All the best.

Rebecca F.

Posted by: Rebecca F. at August 16, 2008 07:12 PM

That photo is amazing. You totally captured her! It's wonderful when you can find a photo that really feels like it's "you" and not the "you" you think you should be or want to be. When it's just the real you, it's incredible. Incredible work.

Posted by: ~moe~ at August 16, 2008 06:42 PM

Tears are trickling down my cheeks from reading this post. I love what you said about about the whispers in the cool, salty air...that is exactly how I feel when I am near the water. I long to hear those words not only from others but from myself, but I don't. Something about being near the water makes me feel like everything is going to be OK. Thank you for this post...

Posted by: lisa at August 16, 2008 01:17 PM

I've been perusing your photos, Tracy C's and Karen's photos and I've got to say; it's as if the weather and the light there was made just for your weekend away. It looks so perfect. I'm glad you all had a great time. You deserve it.

Posted by: Heather B. at August 16, 2008 06:42 AM

how wildly soulful! your photo and your words reveal such a beautiful sense of gratitude...

Posted by: blushing bird at August 15, 2008 03:38 PM

soulful photo, gorgeous woman, and I absolutely get where you're coming from. Need to get to that place myself soon. Thank you for sharing this.

Posted by: Molly at August 15, 2008 08:26 AM

I think this may be one of the most poetic and beautiful posts you've ever written (perhaps it's in part because I read it under a nearly full moon :) And that photo. That photo! Gorgeous.

Posted by: Jeanine at August 15, 2008 04:05 AM

oh how very true, sacred. it amazes me being just a bystander to all of you lovely ladies. circling around through flickr and blogland. how truly blessed you all are. it seems almost magical to me your bonds.

Posted by: kristin at August 14, 2008 06:37 PM

oh how very true, sacred. it amazes me being just a bystander to all of you lovely ladies. circling around through flickr and blogland. how truly blessed you all are. it seems almost magical to me your bonds.

Posted by: kristin at August 14, 2008 06:37 PM

Oh that is such a picture of bliss :) Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your experience together.

Posted by: Rhiannon at August 14, 2008 01:57 PM

it was nothing less than magical to be there with you, myriam, and the others...

i hope to never get over it.


Posted by: kellyrae at August 14, 2008 01:24 PM

this photo (and woman) is completely stunning.
i am left speechless....

Posted by: kristi at August 14, 2008 12:55 PM

What a great story... we should all be so lucky to have friendships like that. :)

Posted by: Amber at August 14, 2008 12:41 PM

And how lovely Manzanita is also!

Posted by: Sue at eLuckypacket at August 14, 2008 12:37 PM

this really shifted some perspective for me.
this makes absolute sense.
seeing ourselves reflected through the eyes of our friends is truly magical.
thank you.


Posted by: schmoops at August 14, 2008 12:34 PM

Hi Andrea. Thank you for sharing that beautiful story and photograph. How special it is to have friendships like this where we truly see each other. I went to Manzanita in June and had an incredibly special time there, and your post reminded me of my memories. Did you go to the Big Wave Cafe? I think that's what it was called. Have a great Thursday!

Posted by: Linnea at August 14, 2008 12:04 PM

You said it perfectly in your words and through the image. It takes me right there again and I am weepy with gratitude.
Thanks for sharing sweet friend.

Posted by: tracey at August 14, 2008 11:48 AM

what a special shot...I LOVE "getting away" w/girlfriends!

Posted by: ELK at August 14, 2008 11:32 AM

The photo of Miriam is amazing!!!
So calm and ethereal.
Your gathering with friends sounds like a drink of water for the soul.....

Posted by: Julia at August 14, 2008 11:01 AM

I hear exactly what you are saying...doesn't it feel glittery? (weird,I know...)

Looking forward to girls' cottage weekend...

Posted by: cynthai at August 14, 2008 10:24 AM

I'm amazed. This is one of the loveliest photos I've ever seen. What a joy!

Posted by: kari at August 14, 2008 09:40 AM

I seriously love this photo. Love it.

If I get to your side of the country soon I really want you to take my pictures!

Posted by: Jamie at August 14, 2008 09:23 AM

love, love, love that shot. says so much without a single word.

Posted by: Lu at August 14, 2008 09:15 AM

Being seen in the reflection of a friend is a sign of grace, being heard, being understood are infinite gifts of validation that your voice is important, your thoughts matter. Beautiful photograph. In life's rush, taking moments of communion with those with care about is sacred.


Posted by: Patricia at August 14, 2008 08:43 AM

Wow, what a stunning picture of your friend. Thanks for sharing it.

Posted by: Missy at August 14, 2008 08:40 AM