It rained the whole time I was visiting Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada. Somehow this seemed appropriate given the wild and rugged landscape. Autumns colors were shining brightly in spite of the dismal weather but after finding more than 500 images capturing the glory of Algonquin’s color…. this image stood out to me more than the others. Bent by the wind, alone on a small island, a pine tree bows in the driving rain. On the far shore (which you won’t see unless you enlarge the image) there is a red canoe overturned in the brush. I feel an overwhelming connection to this picture because I too feel at times overturned, useless, upside down and like I can’t accomplish the purposes I was designed for. Yet there is hope in this scene as well… which is why I selectively left the color in the canoe. There is a piercing beauty in the lonesomeness and isolation. Its ok to be upside down for a while. And like the pine tree, bending but not broken, isolated, but not alone we do manage to stand lifes storms.