Sometimes in Winter

The long night.

A little more magic.

That’s what I saw when I was developing this picture. I didn’t quite know what I had when I pressed the button. But, after… wow!

In many ways, This image reverts back to a style I used in the late 1990’s. Tilted. Skewed. A little motion. And, very bold colors. I kept my sense of color and moved on from the other stuff as times changed.

But, every now and then…


The corticosteroid injection that I had on Wednesday seems to be working. While I was walking the dog who sees stuff, I experienced something strange. Something I hadn’t felt in a while.

No pain.

Instead, there was an emptiness (if that’s the right word) where there was always something buzzing in the background. We walked, and stood and walked a little more. No pain. For the first time in months.

If my doctors are right, and if what I read about this is correct, I might actually be pain free from this particular issue for the next six months, when it might be time for another injection. I am not sure how this relates to my stenosis issues. It could be that relieving the inflammation in one area of the leg reduces the it down the line. I guess that I’ll find out.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

9 thoughts on “Sometimes in Winter

    1. Thank you for both. I tested my limit today on a long dog walk. My implant ached a little, but that’s been from day one. The sharp pain stayed gone. This is only four days. The steroid hasn’t even been fully deployed.


  1. Thank you for both. It should last around six months. The, I can have another. More than two a year is a lit the it is a little dicey because they can cause muscle degradation. I can also get a little lucky. Once the inflammation is relieved it could stay that way.


  2. Thank you. It’s still early days. But, the steroid injection seems to be working. There are two things that could happen. This part of my body could be pain free for six months. Or, it will calm down the nerve enough for it to strengthen and become healthy on its own. Either way, I’m good because I can have two injections per year. Chronic pain is very tiring. being tired all the time does not make Jack a happy boy.


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