Paula is my wife. So you might think I’m her “passion.” Well, I am. And she’s mine. But that’s not the passion of this post.
(No blog could do justice to our passion. It would take a book. Nora Roberts would have to write it.)
Today I write of Paula’s passion for photography.
(Okay. You write about me. And I’ll shoot you. Fair enough?)
Today is Paula’s birthday. And today I’m happy to announce that she just won her first major prize.
I know, I know, “major” is a relative term. But consider this: Seventy-two photographers from six states submitted 570 photographs to the 35th Annual Frederick Camera Clique juried exhibition and only 78 photos from 31 photographers were selected.
Paula watched the award ceremony online. When the Honorable Mentions were named and she wasn’t among them, she said to herself: Oh, well, maybe next year.
And then the two second-place awards were announced. Paula won Best Monochrome.
I wasn’t surprised.
I’ve seen Paula pursue several passions. Whatever the passion, she works hard to get better at it.
When I wooed her away from San Jose State in 1976, she was a piano major. Piano was one of her first passions. She worked hard at it. But suddenly, there I was with a better offer: Come visit me in West Virginia. She did. She purchased a one-way ticket!
(See what I mean about Nora Roberts?)
Paula brought along her father’s violin. As long as she was going to West Virginia, she figured she’d learn how to fiddle. The violin became her passion. She took lessons, practiced a lot, and got better and better.
In late 2001 while in Europe, we happened to visit toy stores in Florence, Barcelona, Paris, and Dublin. Upon returning home, Paula resolved to establish a European-type toy store in Shepherdstown. She imagined, researched, and worked hard to make it a beautiful creation. “One Two Kangaroo” became a popular destination. But alas, retailing itself wasn’t her passion.
She went back to teaching for a while and retired.
(When she was just a little girl, her father handed her the family’s Brownie. Take a shot, Paula.)
Paula picked up her camera and started shooting. She took classes online, joined clubs, went to workshops, researched techniques, tried this and that. And as you now know, her passion blossomed.
See how easy that is?
See Paula’s award-winning photo on the home page. Posted July 11.
What a beautiful story…and I love how Paula followed her passion; followed her bliss. You never know where it may take you, (mine brought me here too 🎶), or for how long. Your passion can grow and blossom. Your passion can fade or change. You can have more than one; you can have several! And in the process you yourself grow, blossom, change – become the alive and passionate you. It is a joyful experience to see & feel passion at “work” (it never feels like work when it’s your passion)… it enlivens & inspires the creator and the observer.
Beautiful, Ardyth! Thank you!
Happy Birthday Paula! And congratulations !
Thank you Paula! For expressing your love for the world through the beauty of your many gifts and talents–family, music, photography, teaching, gardening, and so much much more! We celebrate you and wish you a joyful day full of all your favorite treats and dearest loved ones. –Pat Donohoe and Dave Borchard
Happy birthday Paula, and congratulations on your win!
You are a very lucky guy. It’s sooo pleasing to see the energy both of you put into everything you do, including your marriage! What a beautiful and as usual quirky piece, which you brought alive for all of us. THANKS
“Photography”, says Destin Sparks, noted landscape photographer, “is the story I fail to put into words.” Kudos to Paula for her wordless art which captures the stillness and beauty of Mother Earth with sensitivity and deep passion.
What a great tale. The joy is in the doing, of course, but if you can get good at something, really good, then comes the pride of accomplishment. Well done, Paula.
Happy Birthday Paula! And many more. I love to see your latest photographic efforts or should I say coups? Keep on shooting and thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the tale of our favorite artist! Thanks for the inspiration to put in some passion !
Congratulations Paula !!
Have a happy birthday, Paula! If you’re as good on the piano and violin as you are with photography, you should be giving concerts! We are sooo enjoying our prominently-displayed photo of the sunrise at Dolly Sods! —- Jim and LouAnn
A really dramatic photo. Congrats & Happy Birthday to Paula.
Great shot Paula! Reminds me of Ansel Adams.
Many Happy Returns, Paula! One person wrote above that your work reminds him of Ansel Adams – and I couldn’t agree more.