Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

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I just read the weekly photo challenge article over at the Daily Post on WordPress.com.

This week the subject is ‘solitary’, and the suggestion is to share a photo that evokes the idea of ‘solitary’ to each person joining the challenge.

The photo that illustrates the challenge is of a woman in the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. It immediately made me think of a photo I took at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

I have stood at the Wall, thinking about whether there is a God to whom one might be praying, or whether one is alone, solitary.

solitary |ˈsäləˌterē|
adjective
done or existing alone: I live a pretty solitary life | tigers are essentially solitary.
• (of a place) secluded or isolated: solitary farmsteads.
• [ attrib. often with negative ] single; only: we have not a solitary shred of evidence to go on.
• (of a bird, mammal, or insect) living alone or in pairs, esp. in contrast to related social forms: a solitary wasp.
• (of a flower or other part) borne singly.
noun ( pl. solitaries )
1 a recluse or hermit.
2 informal short for solitary confinement.
DERIVATIVES
solitarily |-rəlē|adverb,
solitariness noun
ORIGIN Middle English: from Latin solitarius, from solus ‘alone.’

25 Comments

  1. Interesting word origin … solus > alone, yet solace > comfort. I imagine a visitor to the West Wall probably experiences both.

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    • Yes, comfort is so important.

      It’s not such a long way from standing erect to bowing just a little to rest one’s head on the Wall – it’s bend or break.

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  12. Rebekah says

    Powerful image, David … and your words certainly added to it. Eternal question, perhaps, but one day we’ll know.

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  14. I am enthralled – lighting, composition, colors and I believe you’ve hit the challenge head-on. Can’t stop looking.

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  16. Profound… and a great shot. I was told once that you can feel the power of centuries of prayer at the Wall in Jerusalem… that it is palpable… I wonder and would love to visit some day. 🙂

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