Twenty Years Later by tori yule

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Skinners Falls
New York
Oct 24, 2011

This was taken a little over twenty years after I swam down the rapids of the Delaware River, and about 10 minutes before I slid off a rock and plunged neck deep right into the river. There was nothing to be afraid of, it was still the same river, and I climbed right out.

Nikon D7000
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  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 3 years ago

    There is nothing to be afraid of,
    it is only the wind
    changing to the east, it is only
    your father the thunder
    your mother the rain

    In this country of water
    with its beige moon damp as a mushroom,
    its drowned stumps and long birds
    that swim, where the moss grows
    on all sides of the trees
    and your shadow is not your shadow
    but your reflection,

    your true parents disappear
    when the curtain covers your door.
    We are the others,
    the ones from under the lake
    who stand silently beside your bed
    with our heads of darkness.
    We have come to cover you
    with red wool,
    with our tears and distant whispers.

    You rock in the rain’s arms,
    the chilly ark of your sleep,
    while we wait, your night
    father and mother,
    with our cold hands and dead flashlight,
    knowing we are only
    the wavering shadows thrown
    by one candle, in this echo
    you will hear twenty years later.
    ~Margaret Atwood

  • – tori yule

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 3 years ago

    superb picture!!!!!

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 3 years ago

    Great work Tori.

  • Leon A.  Walker
    Leon A. Walkerabout 3 years ago


  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsabout 3 years ago

    Lovely work!

  • JanT
    JanTabout 3 years ago

    And camera survived, apparently? The things we did 20 years ago, eh? Beautiful luminous shot, Tori!

  • I had just handed it over to Eddie, and kept walking along the river. I did have my 50 mm lens in my coat pocket though. It was the first thing I thought of, and got it out and above water. Jan, I was up to my neck in water, I really couldn’t believe it. I came out pretty unscathed, just a few bruises. We went back to the river the next day, and felt pretty brave about that. I would like to think the things I did twenty years ago are still the things I like to do today. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this shot.

    – tori yule

  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuserabout 3 years ago

    Wow cool snap Tori

  • Berns
    Bernsabout 3 years ago


  • kenroome
    kenroomeabout 3 years ago

    The photograph is beautiful – the story humorous – the Atwood haunting.

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyabout 3 years ago

    Love the silvery tones on the rocks! Excellent composition! Glad to hear you are okay from your fall…In my family the rule is, if I fall into theer, I can swim, save the camera!!!! :-D

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