One Photo Strikes A Cord

This past Monday was an interesting day. The meteorologists were forecasting bad weather with flooding – something we dealt with in Atlanta. Honestly, I was so happy to be done with extreme storms, blackouts, and power outages that were a constant occurrence in our Buckhead neighborhood. Based on the weather reports, I canceled my day’s activities to stay inside and hopefully get a lot of my reading and writing accomplished.

Around 4:30 pm the reporters forecasts came true. We were able to see storms raging through the NY Metro area and across the Hudson River into New Jersey. The outside went from black to white and then around 7:30 pm the sun started to peak out of the clouds and cast it’s brilliant rays throughout our apartment.

My husband Dave walked into his office to check something and yelled to look out the living room window. The sky was pink and there was a double rainbow over the beautiful skyline of towering buildings. I quickly reached for my phone and started snapping. Dave opened one of the windows so that the drops of rain on the panes would not impair my photo. One shot was perfect! I immediately wanted to share it with my Hope’s Gardens audience. Unbeknownst to me, a few minutes later, Barneys NY reposted the photo. Within a very short time their followers were liking it and many others (a few shown below) in turn reposted it.

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Hope’s Gardens Instagram
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Barneys NY Instagram
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Lisa McConniffe Instagram
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NYCGO Instagram

In less than 24 hours close to 30,000 people have liked my photograph. I am amazed and trying to understand how this all works. For the last several years, I have been plugging away photographing the food I create, the garden we tended, the cities I love, and have wished for this kind of acknowledgement. Is it the photograph or is it the messenger? What makes one person’s post go around the world and another’s go around the block?

I was born generations before “Millennials” and used the telephone to actually talk to people. No matter how I try to grasp technology and social media, it seems like I will always be a few steps behind from mastering. But, I will persevere and be thankful for my 15 minutes of fame. Thanks Andy Warhol!


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