This morning was hard. I didn’t want to wake up. I had to convince myself to listen to my alarm. I had to tell myself that yes, I do need to show up to work. I have to leave her and this warm bed for lumber and hard work. I wasn’t happy, but I did it. And I was greeted by a pretty sunrise and fog over the cornfields. It was a small little gift to try and make the day a little bit better.
These big power lines run right next to one of my favorite abandoned houses. They cut right through the fields. I’ve shot them before. They make an interesting shot. They’ve always looked like giants to me. Tall wooden or steel giants holding the lines that feed the electric world we live in. There they stand, always on duty, braving whatever Indiana has to throw at them. Tall, silent and brave.
I headed to work earlier today and because I wasn’t driving around in a rush, I was noticed some train tracks around the buildings close to my work. So I drove down a side road and decided to shoot these abandoned tracks. As I went to take a shot, my battery died. So I dug around in my bag for another battery and replaced it. Then I went to take the shot again, and there was no memory card. So I dug for a memory card and put it in. Again, I went for the shot and the memory card was full. So I cleared the card and went to take the shot. Then it informed me the memory card was locked. So I took it out and I thought I unlocked, but it took me three or four more tries to get it unlocked. And finally I got this shot, after a lot of frustration and swearing. . And next time, I will be better prepared.
As today closes and ends I am reminded yet again just how fragile life is.
Today so many said goodbye to a young son, a father, a brother, a friend, a lover, a co-worker, an old classmate. Gone too soon, forever held in our hearts never to be forgotten.
Tomorrow is never promised. Live today as its your last day together. Never let something go unsaid.
Rest peacefully Matt Butcher.
Shot in a flooded field as tears hold the memories to be cherished forever.