Pic above can only be shot at a certain time of the day, at a certain time of the year, when the sun rises at a certain nor'easterly angle, on a cloudless day and certain yellow flowers are in bloom.
I was looking for the pic above as part of our team's fundraising bicycle ride, when I came across a long forgotten dusty nugget (below) taken in the Sahara Desert on the fly from on top of a camel.
I have been blogging since 2009. Maybe it started as some way of responding to my brother passing away from cancer. Some way of leaving something worthwhile behind of my life. Maybe.
Since then, I have lost a young niece and another niece's husband to cancer. It has also hit several of my friend's families.
So this year, when my widowed niece asked me to ride my bicycle raise money for cancer research, I didn't hesitate. I've since discovered it's 200 kms over two days. The furtherest I have ridden on the cruiser bike above (and I was way younger) was 40 kms. So it will be challenging. But nothing compared to what terminal cancer sufferers and their families and friends go through.
"You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast Yonder stands your orphan with his gun Crying like a fire in the sun Look out the saints are comin' through And it's all over now, Baby Blue."
from It's All Over Now Baby Blue by Bob Dylan 1965
“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice. Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy. There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.”