Simon from Stuck In A Book issued a challenge this week asking us to post a photo, picture or painting that represented reading and books to us - the real challenge being that the image couldn't actually contain a book.
The photo I have chosen to use was taken by me when I was sitting on the verandah of a rented cottage during a relaxing holiday in Kiama on the New South Wales South Coast a couple of years ago. The weather was gloriously wild and changeable during our time there and I spent a great portion of every day just sitting on that verandah consuming the books I had brought along with me. To me reading is not only an education and a constant learning process but an escape - an escape from my every day life into a world of creativity, imagination and amazing characters.
I like the outlook of the ocean from this photos but I also like the view of the white fence - maybe a metaphor for how my reading often creates a barrier from the real world for me - just for a little while.
I took many photos from that balcony and every time I look at them I am reminded of how relaxing it was to just sit there drinking cups of tea and reading, reading, reading...