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I suffer from severe depression and have been extremely agoraphobic for over a year now, so I am in my home almost all of the time. Somehow spring arrived early unbeknownst to me. Yesterday, after much urging by my husband and the people on the TV, I went outside. It was only for about three minutes, and just across the street, but outside nonetheless. I am not a nature person, but I was totally struck by the beauty and vibrance of the flowers and trees, and the strong floral scent. It is hard to imagine that all of that is right outside my door. In a way it made me feel even more detached, and my fuzzy head felt even fuzzier. Hopefully it will improve, and the next time out will be for four minutes or five, and I’ll take it from there.
I used my DSLR with a lensbaby lens to give the cherry blossom a paint drop effect, and the chaotic feeling of going out into the world when you are stuck inside your mind and/or home.
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