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An image made this past spring under the blossoming cherry trees in downtown Portland, one cold and rainy night. It was a bit of a struggle to take my boots off and stand on the cold pavement for the two minute exposure this took. But once out of my shoes, I discovered it was not nearly as bad as I feared it would be. The feeling of rain hitting the tops of my feet I remember particularly well, not a sensation we are used to feeling. We carry our fears and our angers with us too often and too often use them as an armor to wrap ourselves up in. But one gains an invaluable measure of themselves by setting them all aside . You put aside your armor and leave yourself wide open and vulnerable, for you never know what you may experience anew that hesitation, caution, hurt, fear and other like emotions were hiding you from.

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