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Texture and Tenacity

Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is now fighting to live a healthy life. She has been reading, journaling, blogging and working hard to heal. She is finally taking care of herself and starting to feel better.

About this photo: “I took this photo in Pennsylvania on a hike to Bushkill Falls. It speaks to me on such a deep level. I love the light and shadows, the texture, the tenacity… I think the human heart is much like this tree… no matter how much we go through no matter what comes in and out of our lives we grow…we grow through and around whatever we need to for survival and we learn to be beautiful again…we learn to love again, to live again…”

Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.


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13 comments on “Texture and Tenacity

  1. A thought provoking and profound photograph.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Victoria
    August 9, 2014

    Beautifully done.


  3. loverofpassion
    August 9, 2014

    Incredible photo


  4. shoshanaphotos
    August 9, 2014

    Really wonderful photo! Congrats and best healing wishes to the photographer!


  5. karifrances
    August 9, 2014

    Lovely photo, and beautiful message from CB. Thank you so much.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. luro97
    August 10, 2014

    The photo alone speaks volumes. Thank you for sharing it and your story. Continued joy and healing to you.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Karen
    August 10, 2014

    Your photo brought so much emotion to me and I don’t think I’ve ever been as moved as I have by looking at a photograph. It’s inspiring thank you

    Liked by 1 person

  8. gregmercer601
    August 13, 2014

    Reblogged this on Big Red Carpet Nursing and commented:
    Such an image, rich with metaphor.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Gerry C.
    August 16, 2014

    Bravo! I enjoy the photos and the stories behind the photos. The creative spirit and sense of self is not lost. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. dreambigwords
    August 20, 2014

    This touches me deeply, it’s a perfect representation

    Liked by 1 person

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