During Sunsets for Kate I have invited others to share a sunset story. This post is from Ryan who has Usher syndrome.
Ryan Thomason from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Where and when was the sunrise taken?
I tried Kate, I tried to snap a sunset. The clouds didn’t obey, or I’d be in the wrong place. We live quite literally on the outskirts of Philadelphia. On the opposite side of the road I live on is the city, the road serves as the boundary line. My wife (who is amazing) drives me and picks me up from work every day. As we were cresting a hill on the way to work as we drove through the wooded outskirts of Philadelphia my wife gasped and remarked at the sunrise.
Why were you inspired to capture this moment?
Yes, this is a sunRISE unfortunately. But … that’s kinda a sunset in a way? My wife said I should take a picture and immediately I knew this is what I wanted to send to you. We’ve only been living here for about a year now, we moved all the way across the country so that I could take a job here and advance my career.
This is the best sunrise we’ve seen yet! Between the natural environs, the people and history surrounding us, we’ve loved living in Philadelphia so far. This may not be the most significant picture I’ve taken, with the other cars on the road and such, but I think it shows the beauty of where my family is currently living.
Like me, you have Usher syndrome. Do you mind me asking what you will miss if you can no longer see?
Going straight for my heartstrings huh? I’ll miss seeing my wife and kids (hopefully their kids too). When it comes to non-family though, I’ll miss watching my Pittsburgh Steelers in finding another way to keep themselves out of the Superbowl.
Though to be honest, my wife/kids and I love going to National Parks (such as Valley Forge Nationa Historic Park shown above) and historical places here in the US, we walk trails and go to lessons put on by park rangers. There is a deep natural beauty here in the US and we try to take advantage of it whenever we can.
And finally, you and I have not yet met. If we could meet and share a sunset drink anywhere in the world, where would that be? Wish as if anything is possible.
You never know, a sunset fairy may just grant us this sunset wish!
Oh man, if I could meet anywhere in the world and share a drink? Well, besides the Netherlands (I’m half dutch), I’ll go with the boring (for you) route and say Australia! I’ve always wanted to go and see the sights there, even if 90% of the bug/animal population will harm and/or kill me in some way if I came in contact with them. What would we drink? Probably not Fosters, but I’ll try a local IPA or even a good scotch.
Oh Ryan, I am glad you aren’t going to let some little deadly creatures keep you away! Thank you for joining in ‘Sunsets for Kate’ and sharing your story. You still need to send me a photo I can use to photoshop you in front of the ‘City of Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga’ sign so you can cross it off your vision bucket list. As I said, there are a million other places you should see before little old Wagga Wagga. Look forward to that local IPA, whatever that is, and keep sharing your family adventures. Yes. I am stalking you and seeing America through your photos. Thanks!
You can find Ryan on Twitter (@bigbrusr) or watch Geek Dad Report, the show he does with his other life mate, talking about geek and parenting stuff.
For more sunsets, take a look at #sunsetsforkate on Instagram. Or read through the other Sunset Guest posts on the blog.