Altered Horizons 26

Altered Horizons 26 Robin Botie of Ithaca, New York, photoshops a landscape from the ceiling at Cornell University's Lake Source Coolong Plant in her efforts in dealing with depression, coping with loss and seasonal affective disorder.

Send me some sun. Need more sunlight now, please. Trying not to complain but it’s been pretty dim around here lately. It’s driven me to light candles, sit for hours before a sunlamp, and beg my best friend to build campfires. Depressed. Desperate. Seasonal Affective Disorder. Already. It’s only November. Winter hasn’t even started yet and I’m missing the sun.

On a class trip to Cornell University’s Lake Source Cooling Plant, lying flat on my back as if on a beach, I stared at the ceiling and focused on the disc-like thing that stood out amid the chaotic collection of apparatus up there. Then, in Photoshop, I tried to turn the thing into a warm, welcoming heavenly body. But there’s nothing quite like our solar system’s beautiful star.

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4 thoughts on “Altered Horizons 26

  1. M Weiss

    ❣ Robin, thank you for lightening the dreary gray day, which – along with your lake-source, cute, round, ceiling fixture, sun thing, warms my chilled, alread near dire search for sunlight, too. 🌞

    1. Robin Botie Post author

      I think you’ll just have to join me and Liz for a campfire sometime soon, Mary. Not quite as warming as the sun, but not bad when you’re desperate. Wishing you lots of light over the next bunch of weeks.

  2. Lucy Bergstrom

    On Wednesday when I left the US, it was WARM and sunny 😎! Such a big change over the last 5 days…sorry if I took the sunshine with me. It’s dark and chilly here, too. I’m so glad we got to visit, and your tagine with lentils was fabulous. Make another pot of that – it’s like sunshine 🌞.
    Love, Lucy

    1. Robin Botie Post author

      I’ve been experimenting with that tagine a lot lately. Loving it. Never thought to compare it to sunshine but it definitely is warming. Gonna see if I can make recipes from other cuisines using the tagine. Like maybe a sauerbraten. Like maybe a chinese-inspired dish. So neat to drop ingredients in a particular order, turn on the burner, and simmer away.


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