“Montserrat Vista” – Muntanya de Montserrat, ⁨Spain⁩

“Montserrat Vista” - Muntanya de Montserrat, ⁨Spain

“Clouds define my mood today, but they are as temporary as sunshine and offer balance and perspective” – Ed Lehming

I have not posted anything for a few days, I’ve limited my social media activity and found myself drawn inward. It’s a very strange feeling lately, even for someone who tends to value solitude.

The trails I usually hike on are open to me, but I feel a sense of guilt driving to them. We’re told to stay at home except for necessities. I find myself reviewing photos from the past year, seeking inspiration, which eludes me. Each day blends into the next. My work keeps me occupied during the week but it’s monotonous and I seek something to focus on, a problem to solve, a process to improve, but that also requires inspiration.

The world has slowed down during this “Great Pause” as I am now calling it. The present and future are veiled in clouds. There is no clear direction and like being in a thick fog, my other senses reach out past what my eyes can’t see. I listen for some sound of clarity, the feel of something to hold onto, the scent of change, for something to pull me forward. But, the clouds persist.

The image I chose for today is from my trip to Spain late last summer. Of the twenty one days we spent in Spain, it rained only one day, the day we had chosen to visit Montserrat, just north of Barcelona. It was one of those days you simply can’t plan for anything for more than a few minutes, the kind of day that varies from a fine mist, brightening with a promise of sunlight to full downpour. This was the day we spent mainly outdoors on this spectacular mountain with its oddly shaped rocks and beautiful monastery.

We made the most of it and despite the rain and the mist I was able to make a few photos that showed the mountain and surrounding countryside nicely. I’m trying to do the same thing as we live through the current COVID-19 pandemic. I’m trying to grab hold of the moments of brightness as it offers itself because I don’t know when  the next downpour is coming or when the sun is finally going to break through, even though I know it will, eventually.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/1000 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20

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7 Comments on ““Montserrat Vista” – Muntanya de Montserrat, ⁨Spain⁩

  1. Beautiful and stunning photo Ed, also I like your term “great pause”. It is so descriptive and all encompassing of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

  2. A beautiful image and compelling commentary.
    “The Great Pause” is a perfect description of this time.
    It is a curious and ponderous time, indeed.
    I think many people are discovering more about themselves these days, now that the whirlwind world is not blowing them in its feverish haste.
    It is a subtle, somber, yet beautiful silver lining.


  3. Pingback: “Cable Cars and Monastery” – Montserrat, Spain | Ed Lehming Photography

  4. It’s a good time to look back and enjoy our past experiences. Thank you for this. The pause button will be released, the clouds will part, you will be back on your trails. And hopefully people will learn at last to slow down and appreciate the details about them.

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