It’s been a while since I’ve been out for a good walk to take some photos. I find that the best photos I capture need to come from the moment I’m in and, quite frankly, slushy, muddy, skeleton-tree post freezing winter but pre-spring just doesn’t hold my attention well enough to really sink into the moment very often.
The promise of new life budding and warm weather; however, captures my mind in a way I can’t release.
So – spring.
I’ve always been drawn to these pretty, natural sun-spotted shots that highlight the tiniest and most beautiful details. We never take the time to stop and really examine the details, I find. When you do, amazing things can happen. In these moments, I was absolutely mentally, emotionally and physically tuned into these little leaves. They will change each day, in fact, are already totally different than they were one week ago. This moment; this exact moment in time, will never happen again. I feel so lucky to have been able to witness and hold forever this moment.
Even the spiderwebs you can barely see reflecting the sunshine are now likely gone. Never again will this tiny part of the world be this way again. Isn’t that amazing?
I have some amazing shots of the water from this same area. Will be posting those soon.
It’s supposed to be winter now but the weather is that weird in-between warm/cold and nothing is frozen. It’s wet, muddy, chilly, damp and blah out there. It’s hard to find nice things to take photos of when the entire world feels like it’s comprised of dead fields, bare trees, and mud. Monochrome helps.
When the snow keeps falling and no one interrupts it, every little detail becomes part of the beauty it leaves behind. If only the skies would open up and rain kindness down upon mankind, the world would be a very different place.
Sometimes, I try to stop and find the most simple thing I can and then lose myself in it…the beauty of it without all the complicated mess of camera settings and shutter speeds. I just hold the camera to my eye and let it do it’s job without my interference. The photos don’t always turn out perfect, but in that itself…the kinda do.
One single moment in time, captured and shared. This is why I love what I do here.
Obviously, one of my favourite things to do with my time off (when I can manage to stay away and upright despite to the medical issues that cause issues with both of those things!) is wander and shoot photos. These shoots are for no one, go nowhere and generally just sit in my online photo albums for the rest of time, until I maybe need a shot I remember to print for a friend who liked it or needs a cheer up. I’ve started making my photos into little note cards, where the photo prints on one side of the card stock and then I can fold it and write something nice inside. Makes for a super quick and personally created thank you or pick me up.
Most times I wander on foot through areas close to me, as I’m lucky to live in a countryside setting that is only a few miles from a large city. I have pretty much everything close to me that I would want to shoot: Farms, barns, decrepit old buildings, falling apart with neglect, city-scapes, street art, modern and very old buildings, animals, trees and rivers and prey birds in flight everywhere, hunting for food along rocky-tree lined cliffs boarding some of the Great Lakes around me. (Four of which I can get to without much travel).
On Friday, my hubs had the day off so I took it off as well and we drove around like we used to do long before we had children and adulthood took over. I managed some lovely shots on our trip. I’m going to post them here – little back stories included. 🙂