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It takes me back to the P.I.

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Local Blogs - Curt Dennison Photography
Thursday, 25 February 2010

When I was in 1st and 2nd grade we lived in the Philippines and it was hot, probably 100, but I didn't know that. I knew that I wore shorts, no shoes, no shirt. Played in the yard, learned to swim at the pool, walked to the beach, snagged Mangos from a giant tree over by the gedunk. When rainy season came we played games under the lanai and waited for it to stop. When a Typhoon came, mom spent all day mopping the water that came in the one window left open to prevent the roof from being blown off. I remember that our house was on a small hill at the edge of the base and you could see for miles to the mountains in the distance. We would lay on the hill and watch the pictures that the clouds made. When the sky was black over the mountains, you could watch the rains come rolling across the distant plains until it reached you. I like weather, still do.

When we lived in Cyprus, the summers were 105 degrees, with a high of 114 and we had no AC, but when your nine how would you know. The yard was manicured dirt, we played in the field behind the house or threw darts in the garage. The neighbors were Greek and Armenian and in the winter it was 60 so we had kerosene heaters in our rooms. Again, never gave it a thought that heat and sun were an issue. I grew up tan and was amazed that girls would "lay out" to get tan in the States.

From there we moved to Massachusetts and it snowed what I thought was 11 feet in one week. Never gave it a thought, in one place you wear nothing and in another you have a bunch of clothes on. The snow was fun and it seemed like an adventure. I didn't know that weather was a "problem", that people were so obsessed with what it was doing outside to the point of constantly complaining.

With the exception of Pensacola, (yuck, Florida) I loved everywhere I lived and climate was never an issue. Nature, the planet and weather have always been central to my enjoyment of life and always show up in my art.  I'm a visual person and most of the great sights outdoors are due to some kind of weather conditions. Either the rain is coming or the clouds are reflecting light or the cold brings frost to the landscape.

Yeah, that was then, this is now. My stars it's hot and humid in Missouri, I live in air conditioning! I still enjoy the cold and snow but that is fading. I'm beginning to see why people retire in Arizona. Wendy and I are lucky enough to go to Mexico for a week most winters and I love being with her and being in a different climate.

It's not that I need to be someplace else to be happy. The grass is not always greener, but it is always warmer somewhere. The photo below was made with my trusty iPhone in February 2010 on the beach in Play Del Carmen, Mexico. I love the color, the water, the sky. It takes me back to the P.I.


Peace, Curt 

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