Circle of Inspiration - March 2015

I am part of a blog circle titled "Circle of Inspiration".  Each month a member chooses a subject or topic, and we spend the month shooting along this theme.  This month's theme is "Out & About". I made the 11 hour drive to northern New York last week to say goodbye to my ailing grandmother.  It was a bittersweet visit.  The boys and I were able to visit family members I haven't seen in years, but it was heartbreaking to say goodbye to my grandma.  We were in NY for 3 days and I spent a few afternoons walking around my childhood town.  I'm not sure if it was my state of mind, or the muddy weather, or if time has completely changed this tiny town, but I was struck by the gloomy silence.  The bar has burned down.  The general store has closed.  The bingo hall, I believe, is abandoned.  Houses where I had spent so much time as a kid are decrepit - falling down and windows knocked out.  The library, where I spent so many evenings of my childhood, however, has been renovated and stands as a peaceful and joyful memory.  The old mill on the river was renovated and is a gem in this forgotten town.  So many memories in this tiny stretch of neighborhood.  Riding bikes, roller skating, playing kickball, swimming in the rapids, slumber parties at my best friend's house, bazooka joe bubblegum from the general store, sledding down the hill, afternoons at the merry go round near the abandoned one room schoolhouse.  It is such a quaint area, and I hope that it builds back up over the coming years.

Here are a few images from one of my walks.Melanie Besaw | DC Metro PhotographyMelanie Besaw | DC Metro PhotographyMelanie Besaw | DC Metro Photography

Please follow on through our circle of inspiration and see the beautiful images of the very talented Sarah Joos.