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.
kim (mosey) of mosey along
30/31 Forward Momentum by soupatraveler