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Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a 33-year-old woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She’s had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She has been told that she sees and captures what others overlook or miss. Her work has been featured in the Daily Herald as well as The MAAP Newsletter (an online newsletter for those with ASD and those who love them, www.aspergersyndrome.org).
About this photo: “I am battling seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and it is particularly terrible this year with the up/down winter weather I am experiencing in the Midwest. Reaching Toward Heaven is about despair & barrenness which is represented by the trees, and hope which is in the “halo” of clouds circling overhead with a brilliantly blue sky. It was taken March 2012 in Rutland Forest Preserve, Hampshire IL.”