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Black & White Majestic Creatures

Photo taken by contributor  Tiger Lillies, a woman in her forties from Ontario who suffers from deep depression, psychosis, and agoraphobia, possibly bipolar disorder, all while raising her two young grandchildren, four and six years old. Thankfully she has a supportive partner Rick who helps make daily life with children possible. Her grandchildren, as well as her recent love of photography, have become her saviours and kept her from succumbing to the negative temptations that regularly haunt her. She has tried to commit suicide several times in the past, but thankfully is still with us. Her hopes are to get past her illness, as well as glaucoma, and become a professional photographer.

About this photo: “This photo was taken at a nearby farm. It has emotional meaning to me. With having all these illnesses, life is not always black and white. There are a whole lot of grays, and one day they pop out and hit you like a 2×4. Today was a very bad day. I had reached the lowest I had been in a very long time. Waking up at 2:00 am and began crying then and didn’t stop until half an hour ago. It’s now 10:20pm. The horses, black and white are beautiful majestic creatures. It’s the grays around them that aren’t so pretty. Just like my life. I have two beautiful babies, a very caring giving man, yet the grays pop up and try to spoil all the beauty. Just like they did today.”


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12 comments on “Black & White Majestic Creatures

  1. Verity Keen
    February 17, 2013

    A stunning picture and a moving story – my best wishes – Verity


  2. thebipolardance
    February 17, 2013

    Great picture and great story.


  3. Cristian V. Photography
    February 17, 2013

    horses are soo beautiful, so simple and elegant.. unfortunately, people don’t appreciate them as much as they should..


  4. RobynG
    February 17, 2013

    Majestic indeed! Nicely captured!


  5. sobeit
    February 17, 2013

    absolutely gorgeous!


  6. blessmyjourney
    February 17, 2013

    It’s beautiful photos! I like it, the snow, the background and the horses! One of my favorite animals! U’ve beautiful mind & warm heart to catch this beautiful photos, thank’s for sharing 🙂


  7. Dreams and Zeros
    February 18, 2013

    Beautiful picture, full of feeling.


  8. Tiger Lillies is not able to comment at this time, but she wishes to thank everyone for the likes and the lovely comments. As always everyone is such an encouragement.


  9. Wtofly
    February 18, 2013

    Awesome picture, I hope you feel good ❤


  10. Vision Care
    February 18, 2013

    Amazing photograph and a heart melting story! It is really inspiring that in spite of her illness, she clicks such beautiful and incredible photographs. Praying that she gets well soon.


  11. luro97
    February 19, 2013

    Thank you for your story and photo. The fact that you make such beauty for others to enjoy is truly a blessing.


  12. Laurie Merritt Photography
    February 21, 2013

    Hello, Tiger Lillies! Great photo. And, yes indeed, photography is a great outlet. If you’ll permit, I’d like to share something I’ve learned while shooting some black & white as well as color shots – sometimes gray skies can make for a great photograph – in this case, they let the bright, clean, crisp, white snow come down!


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