Friday, May 20, 2011

When Things Go Wrong

I've felt overwhelmed a great deal this week, but things began to fall into place today. I turned in my article that was due this week, and then Jilda and I ran down to the high school from which we graduated.
We fund a scholarship each year to a deserving student. We never give the money to the kids with the highest grades, or the best athlete. Instead, we try to look for kids with a good heart. The ones that are often overlooked and under celebrated. Our scholarship this year went to Tyesha Meadows. She was a beautiful girl with a promising future. I believe she will do remarkable things.
After awards day, I ran by to see my mom at the nursing home for awhile, and when I left there, I went fishing.
I shot a few pictures with my iPhone and I'd planned to use a nice photo of the river and the mossy rocks in the foreground, but something went terribly wrong when I tried to edit the picture with some software I'd downloaded but hadn't really learned how to use.
The original picture looked a little washed out because of the angle of the sun, so my thought was to adjust the contrast to make it look more natural.
I guess I zigged when I should have zagged, because instead of getting a serene photo of a gently flowing river with stones in the foreground, I got blue rocks and trees, yellow underbrush, and maroon water.
For a moment, I thought I was having one of those drug flashbacks they said I'd have back in the 60's. But I couldn't hear "All Along the Watchtower" or anything by Grateful Dead, so I didn't get too excited.
After looking at the picture for a while I can't say I was disappointed. In fact, I like the photo. I think I'll get a large print and hang it in my office to remind me that it's not always bad, when things go wrong.


  1. Anonymous10:17 PM

    That is a great photo!! Isn't just wonderful when things go wrong but actually go right!!

  2. I think it's awesome!
    Now, if you had set out to produce something like this.... :)

  3. Never put the only copy of a pictre on your hard drive without a backup copy.

    I like the blue rocks and pink earth.

  4. I think it looks terrific.

  5. Well, all I can say is that the picture is just shall I put this? So "you." :)

    Blessings to you and Jilda for not choosing the best grades or best athelete (they will get their opportunities for sure) but for recognizing someone with a good heart. We can sure use more of those around this world.

  6. first time commenting on your blog; I like the picture! very unique! But I love what you/Jilda do about the scholarship! Such a worthy thing to do and then to look for the one with the good heart rather than academics, that is very good indeed!!

    hope you have a restful weekend!


  7. It's a very creative and imaginative photo!! Yay for you!!

    And Yay for Tyesha Meadows!!! I wish her all the very best for the future!!

    Take care

  8. Rick, that is a wonderful photo. Find out whatever you did and write it down. There is a photographer who digitally alters his photos up in Jerome, AZ and he asks hundreds of dollars for framed copies. Could be a new source of income for you. Keep up with the good work. Hey to Jilda.

  9. Thanks y'all.
    @Charlene, my Mac backs up realtime to an attached backup drive. I also do weekly backups to a drive that's not case lightning hits my line. I also back up many of my special images to the cloud.
    @ Granpappy, that's a good idea. I'll look for a place that can print it for me.

    I really appreciate all your comments.

  10. I love that you award people with good hearts. What an inspiration. I love how the photo turned out, too!


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