Very nice images and I like the story too. Good read!
My favorite photo is the last one. Very compelling.
This is not a composite image. It was wet and drippy outside, and I went to the kitchen door. This was a few years ago, before we added a deck, so beyond the door there was nothing but a mossy slab of concrete about 3 feet below the door. I was kinda looking at the moss, the water, the droplets, the leaves... then I saw my feet reflected in the door (which was full glass), and I started taking pictures, from inside, looking out through the door, at the wet moss, leaves, etc. I was kind of stunned at the ethereal result. This is one of my favorite self portraits.
Also, I love the Buddha in the background!
I made this image IR using Photoshop.