Shadows of life

“Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you”. -Walt Whitman

Lately I’ve felt a bit blue. It has been bitter cold here and we’ve been trapped inside the house given me a case of cabin fever and restlessness. How I long to be outside right now doing what I love best. How I long to lift these shadows covering the light.

Maybe I shouldn’t be reading about all the atrocities in the world in “War is not over when its over” (by Ann Jones). Maybe I shouldn’t have watched the 30-minute documentary last night on human trafficking called “Not My Life” about modern day slavery. Maybe I shouldn’t have opened the paper this morning and seen all the things in the world that make me feel so powerless to change? If only I could reach to the sky, and pull the clouds away from the shadows.


“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”.  -Charlotte Whitton



“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast”. – Charles Dickens


“I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to transport us into the light”. – Martha Beck


This post was written in response to Where’s my Backpack’s Travel theme: Shadows. To see more entries, click here. All photos taken in Vanoise National Park, France. August 2012. 


  1. Blogs such as yours help make people aware of things that are happening in the world that the general media doesn’t say much about. Spreading the word is the first step. It’s that old idea that one person can’t change the world, but if we all do what we can, no matter how small, someone’s life or situation improves. The various causes you write about will resonate with people you will never know about who will decide to do something. Don’t beat yourself up…keep up the good work.

    • P.S. Thanks again so much. I needed this comment today! I pour so much of my heart and soul into my work and it is all a labor of love, passion and justice. So thank you for your encouragement!

    • Thanks! That is why I try to avoid it but you can’t ignore reality. That is why I love to blog and share photos of things that are beautiful as well as write about the things that are sad but can change! 🙂

  2. TBM

    Great shots. It is depressing when you study what people are capable of. I worked on a research project for two years and I learned so much I never wanted to know, but it was important to know. Does that make sense?

    • Yes that does make sense. I seem to keep reading these kinds of books!!! Right now I’m reading one called “War is not over until its over” about what men have done to women and girls in war torn countries. It is a VERY tough read but necessary to know.

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