A Trip on the Douro River Offers a New Perspective on Relationships

Ladder leading to pictureThis post is part of the “Step Into Pictures” series that offers you a new way to explore both difficult relationships and those you treasure. Visit the Step Into Pictures Archive to learn more about it.

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Douro RiverIn April I joined a group of friends for a magnificent trip down the Douro River in Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the next few weeks we will start to create a video called “From Pasadena to Portugal” that will be uploaded on YouTube. It will also be used as a promotion for the travel agent who organized the trip.

Although not all my pictures turned out as well as I expected, with hundreds of my mine and those of my friends, we should be able to pull together a fairly good video. This will also give me a chance to practice using a movie program by Sony that I haven’t touched in a couple years because I now want to create videos of imagery exercises for you.

For this post I’ve used the FotoSketcher program to create an “oil painting” of a scene typical of the area. With the reflection in the water, it reminds me of a Rorschach Test. What do you see in it?

If you could step into this picture, don’t worry. You won’t get wet. You will be stepping into a boat where you can sit comfortably with a companion and share your impression of the passing scene.

Who would you like to bring with you? What would you say as you moved gently with the easy flow of the river? Could this possibly be a chance to see your relationship in a different way?

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