Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable
Posted on Sunday, June 30th, 2013
This is my first WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. I’m a bit nervous that I’m doing it right, so please bear with me. I appreciate your patience. Anyway, here goes…
Since I earn my living (most, that is) as an editor, my initial instinct is to make sure I get the definition of the theme word correct. Here’s what I found:
To me, this brought to mind two images – together in peaceful coexistence, and comfortably alone.
I wasn’t always happy sitting quietly with someone. I wasn’t always happy sitting quietly by myself. Both situations were not exactly relaxed or pleasant. As I get older, I have found it much easier to find a balance, both in the company of others and by myself, that encompasses the definition of ‘companionable’ – friendly, sociable, relaxed, and pleasant. The photos I have chosen to share with you strike that balance for me.
Photo #1 – This photo was taken while sitting with my brother, quietly watching the sun set over the water on a warm October afternoon in Washington State. It felt good to be quiet, but also good to have a bit of chatter, too. The moment was peaceful and companionable.
Photo #2 – The following photo was taken just a month later on my birthday. I grabbed some sushi and wine and headed to the Gulf of Mexico (just a short distance from my house in Florida) to treat myself to a beautiful sunset. This time I was alone. Peacefully and comfortably alone, feeling quite companionable inside my own skin.
These two sunsets are separated by thousands of miles, but they are so similar. If I hadn’t told you one was in Washington and one was in Florida, you might have, at least for a second, thought I just took a picture of the same sunset from different vantage points.
To me, the two definitions of ‘companionable’ are just like my photos – so similar yet thousands of miles apart.
Yes, it means a friendly, sociable camaraderie, but it also invokes images of relaxation, comfort, and peace. I find the two meanings coexist quite well, especially now as I get older. I find myself much happier surrounded with people who enjoy both the camaraderie and the quiet.
p.s. Please be sure to leave a comment below. I would love to know what you think about my photos. I would also like to know how you would describe the word ‘companionable’ and what it means to you.
p.p.s. Oh, and I am not a professional photographer. I just like taking pictures. There are some who are using the Weekly Photo Challenge as a way to showcase their beautiful work; I am not one of those.