Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

9 02 2013

I’ve never really felt ‘at home’.  I’ve lived in lots of houses and spent most of my life living in one city but rarely felt ‘at home’ in a place. I wonder what it is like to feel at home somewhere?  Is it tied to a place?  A person? A feeling?  I’m not sure.

This challenge comes at a very interesting time for me.  I’ve just moved house, city and state, changed jobs and moved from the south west of Australia to the Central North coast, in the tropics.  It’s vastly different.  I’m homesick, but it’s not for a place.  I just have sense of yearning, longing for some connection, to feel whole, to feel full, to belong, to feel content but not bored.  As I don’t have a ‘place’ that feels like home, I went through my photos to find some images that made me feel whole.  These images remind me of a time that I felt the most alive, the most settled, clear, and connected with my core. Maybe that’s what it’s like to feel at home?   In the process I’ve realised that I feel most at home when I’m out in nature.  Whether it is hot or cold, I feel most ‘at home’ when I’m away from the bustle of a city and connected to the earth.  I love to feel its rhythm and voice, the raw elements of earth, air and water.  Rocks, trees, flowers and creatures complete the picture.  I am at home in the quiet, natural rhythm of the earth.

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27 responses

9 02 2013
diggingher

I believe home is exactly as you describe it.

10 02 2013
Louise

Well, it is for me. I’m glad it resonated with you too.

9 02 2013
mrscarmichael

I love The Gap photo.

10 02 2013
Louise

Oooh, The Gap is an awesome place. Cold, raging, powerful, surging, crashing waves that have pounded the rocks for millenia and worn it smooth in places. Raw and formidable beauty at its best.

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10 02 2013
Angeline M

You have found your home…you just didn’t know it.

10 02 2013
Louise

Really? And I thought I was lost…

10 02 2013
NW Frame of Mind

What beautiful pictures. Nature is a wonderful home.

10 02 2013
csroth3

Your post struck a chord with me. I also have lived many places, but I felt content in all of those places. I felt the Universe was my home, so I never felt attached to any one place – until recently. Now I have a house where I have lived and invested my heart and soul for 7 years, and although it’s not perfect by any means, I am attached to this house. I’ve raised my family and worked in this city for 17 years, and I feel attached to the people and places. It seems like a place becomes home when you’ve invested your heart there over a period of time, and what you’ve built gives you comfort and security.

Unfortunately, we may lose all of it soon due to the economic problems in the USA. My husband has never felt at home here and wants to return to Sydney, AU, where I have always wanted to live until recently. It’s difficult to imagine now at my age starting over half way around the world, away from my children and everyone I know. I never imagined that I would become attached to a place.

10 02 2013
Louise

Wow, that’s a big transition to make and will bring up many issues for you both. I hope you have the opportunity to close that chapter of life with some sort of celebration. The grief you feel for the loss of those things needs to be acknowledged too – it is a big change. All the best, be kind to yourself.

11 02 2013
csroth3

Thanks, good advise.

10 02 2013
Delft

Beautiful images!
Good point about what “home” really is – a place where you feel connected to yourself. I’d say also a place where you feel safe, where you feel you can hole up when you’re down.

10 02 2013
dadirri7

thank you for those thoughts and such glorious images louise … i was thrilled to see the bibulmun track, where i have walked too … home is in the heart i guess … and even now when i revisit places i have lived it is always the trees and landforms i relate to not, not buildings … on another topic we will be in darwin in june, two nights so we might be able to meet up briefly and say hello 🙂

10 02 2013
Louise

I would love to walk the Bibb end to end but I doubt I’d be able to return to ‘normal’ life after that!! I know you’ll be pushed for time but a quick hello would be a great gift.

10 02 2013
dadirri7

excellent! it will the evening of 26th June …. unless middle of the day is better for you …

10 02 2013
Louise

I’ll send you my contact number so you can call/text me. Anytime you can fit in a catch up would be great so I’ll be flexible and fit in around you as I know quick trips can be hectic. Ooooh, something to look forward to!!!! 🙂

10 02 2013
dadirri7

😀

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10 02 2013
John Baker

A very nice image montage. How do you host the image tiles?

10 02 2013
Louise

Thanks John. Have a look at this tutorial
http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/gallery/

10 02 2013
Cee Neuner

Centered in the earth that is the best home!!! Great photos.

10 02 2013
Louise

Thanks Cee, glad you like them!

10 02 2013
rommel

VERY BEAUTIFUL IMAGES!

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8 03 2013
fgassette

GREAT PHOTOS!

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