Weekly Photo Challenge: Refuge


This afternoon, after finishing to write my homilies for tomorrow and Sunday, I really needed to get outside for some fresh air. I took advantage of the walk to get some photos for this week’s photo challenge.

First and foremost, there is St Patrick’s Church and rectory, where I serve as parochial vicar. These two buildings are a refuge for many people (including myself) in many different ways: as a place of prayer and silence, as a warm place to stop by on the way from one homeless shelter to another, as a gathering place for the people of God to worship Him as a family and find solace in the liturgy and in the community… This was the last photo I took today, as the sunset painted the steeple with warm colors:

St Patrick's parish church and rectory

At the bank, I saw this little baby taking refuge (literally) in his mother’s arms, and (figuratively) in his pacifier.

Romé

Down by the Hudson, there were ducks and gulls taking refuge in different ways:

A seagull taking a ride down the river

The ducks didn't exactly look comfortable, but in the shelter of the dock they could swim around without fighting the ice flows, and many passers-by feed them.

I was not the only photographer on the scene. I met a young boy and his grandfather walking along the river, and the boy (Zachary) was having fun with his camera. It turns out that he is a parishioner of my parish. When his grandfather was about to take him back to the car, Zachary shyly said, “I want to ask a question.” “Go ahead,” I replied. “Do you put the things you take pictures of in the news?” I told him that I put them on the internet, and he smiled and quickly said, “I want to be on the internet!” His grandfather approved, so I took his photo:

About Matthew Green

I am a translator, origami artist/teacher, and photographer, a blogger, former philosophy professor, and I love to sing. You can see my photos on Flickr and buy prints of some of them on Fine Art America. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter (@mehjg), and in various and sundry other social media sites on the web.
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