This is my dear friend Mandie, who is blessed with many many talents. It is rare to see her on the other side of the camera. Her story is not mine to share so I won't attempt. But I know this is something she did for herself and I'm very proud of her for doing so. From her blog, and found in a letter from 1903:
Ripening like a tree, which doesn’t force its sap, and stands confidently in the storms of spring, not afraid that afterward summer may not come.
It does come.
*BW frames shot with a Canon AE1