Friday, July 29, 2011

forward momentum

onward and upward

What I have been so moved by this past year, along with the obvious imagery we have featured on Mortal Muses, are the stories that sometimes accompany those images.  And even more so, the community of people who have encouraged one another, inspired one another, and also found friendship with each other, even those across the globe who may never meet in person.  I sometimes shake my head in confusion and wonder at how ideas are born, and how the relationships of those involved develop and deepen.  Not only amongst the nine who post here every week, but those of you who fill the flickr pools with your work and then come to comment and so become muses with us.

My involvement in the Mortal Muses came at the end of one of the hardest periods of time in my life.  And call it fate or luck or serendipity, but I've been carried on your shoulders so many times this past year whether you knew it or not.  My daughter featured in my very first post, and today I feature her again.  Just a simple moment caught on our recent trip, after a hike in the Sibillini mountains of Italy.  She had led the way the entire time, reaching the top before any of us, but as we headed down she said "I'm so tired, Mumma.  Will you pick me up?"  The photograph is not technically adept, and I can find fault with it in many ways, but it tells a story that seemed appropriate for my last post as a Muse.  You'll never know how grateful I am for the overwhelming love and support you have given me, and for the other wonderful women who have posted alongside me since last summer.

Carrying us forward will be some new muses to infuse us with new energy and stories and ideas, and of course beautiful images.  I am so proud and happy to pass one of the torches on to Holly Clark, better known to us all as soupatraveler.  She has been one of our biggest supporters from the very beginning, and is such a talented and joyous spirit.  And as I agonized on how to say farewell (for now), her image gave me the inspiration I needed.  I am delighted that Holly will be musing here, and she will be (in October) the third muse that I will get to hug in person!  (following Kirstin last month, and Tammy also in October)  It's my mission to hug as many of you as possible.  I'll be the tall one with the Lumix GF1 knocking on your door, so get ready.

I thank each of you again for your love and support, and I will be here visiting and nosing around your flickr streams.  You can't get rid of me that easily.

cheers,
kim (mosey) of mosey along

30/31 Forward Momentum
30/31 Forward Momentum by soupatraveler

20 comments:

justine said...

Congratulations Holly! and this is a great shot.

Suki said...

I will miss you very much, lovely. I can't wait to hug you too someday!
This post made me a little teary eyed, because during the past year it was the same for me. Being carried by all of you when I was stuck in a place. Thank you for your words and our muse time together!
Aaaaand, welcome Holly! :) Have a wonderful time musing here. We'll all cheer you on.

Eileen said...

Best of luck as you move on to what is next. Love the photos, both of them. Thank you for inspiring us this year.

lucy said...

love both images, and have loved musing with you miss mosey. big hugs from across a continent. hope our paths cross someday!

Anonymous said...

You have been an inspriation to SO many on this site, sis, including me. You are a phenomenal artist.
Love ya!
Lianne

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

Such beautiful images ~ It's been a wonderful journey through your images this year. Congratulations to Holly.

Ashley Sisk said...

Awwww what a beautiful post Mosey. So sad to see you go, but we're excited to bring Holly on!

aclamp said...

lovely post kim! you can knock on my door anytime!

congrats to holly!

Tammy Lee said...

Wonderful post, Kim. Forever, my muse! Holly, I am so delighted to have you here. xo tam

Holly {Soupatraveler} said...

Beautiful post Kim and thank you for your kind words!!!! Your photo looks perfect to me. I can't find a single flaw : ) And I'm looking forward to that hug in October!!!!

SuperDewa said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations Holly, and Kim -- I will miss you here but know I will continue to "see you around" on the internet. Holly is such a great choice as a muse.

Cindy said...

i'm not a regular commenter, but i love mortal muses. it's a wonderful community for people who have found a voice through photos. thank you to all the muses!

blue elephant photography said...

i love your post! and yay to holly! i love that sweet photo and i could tell she's tired =) so adorable!

RiaPereira said...

Wishing you much luck on your next journey.
Congratulations Holly!

Patricia said...

What a lovely post, Kim, and I keep clicking back over here just to look at that photo at the top. The sun flare, the angle...all of it is mesmerizing. Thank you for sharing your gift.

Kat Sloma said...

We will so miss you, Kim! Holly, so glad to have you joining!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Congrats to Holly! What a great shot Kim. I think it's just gorgeous!

Kirstin said...

Hugs, lovely
xxxx

Cheryl Crotty said...

Wherever you go, whatever you do, I know you will make it all beautiful.
I'm so glad we were flickr friends first. Your talent inspires me and your heart if good. See you along the way....:)))

maureen said...

lovely post Kim. I always love your photos of Sweetpea.
And isn't it amazing that the idea to begin Mortal Muses was about photography, but it has become so much more than that. That's the part I will always treasure.
and one day, I'll be the curly headed one, with my running shoes laced up, knocking on your door.
xoxo dear friend
Mo

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