Glass, light, shades of white, and airy. That was the photography prompt I chose to work on one day last week. It seemed natural that I would grab a few mason jars to use for the glass part of the prompt.
It’s no secret that I’ve got a bit of a love affair with mason jars. I get so much fulfillment out of filling them with natures bounty in the summer and fall as I work hard–dang hard!–on preserving the harvest. Seeing my pantry shelves fill up with all of those jars filled with good food makes me so happy! It truly is the simple things that bring fulfillment for me. In the winter, when the snow falls, the winds blow, and it seems like it’s dark all the time it’s comforting to know I’ve got a pantry filled with food and we can stay hunkered down until the storm passes.
As I snapped photo after photo, tweaking camera settings and moving things around, I thought about how important mason jars have been to so many families through the years. I thought about my grandma canning what little bit of produce she had available during the harsh years. I remembered going down into her dank cellar to fetch a jar of pickles for supper. I recalled the little storage area my mom had under the stairs where she stored her canning bounty. I thought about the security that a pantry filled with canned good provides and how pleased I am that more people are returning to the basics of growing their own food and preserving the harvest.
Just as I was finishing up shooting, the sun came out and I couldn’t resist capturing a few more images. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the sun and I found the play of the light magical and a reminder that we’re moving, bit by bit, out of the dark season and toward the season of light.
Photography mirroring life. I like that.