Afternoon off? … pick up my camera, of course.

I loooove my work…job…life…daily existence.  Often there’s really no distinguishing between the two.  My work is my life and my life is my work and you would think that when I have an afternoon off on a warm winter day, I’d want to be as far away from photography as I can!!  Not the case.


On this particular day I took my pup Baxter for a walk and while he leapt and cavorted with joy I couldn’t help noticing how shiny all the melt-off was and how the branches were dripping with wetness.  Early in the winter I had seen a couple of logs buried in the snow but just peeking out from the bark was some beautifully formed green fungi.  All I was thinking was how I needed to investigate it once the snow melted.

I took pup back home…he was NOT impressed… this is him by the way.

…and of course I picked up my camera, a spray bottle, a couple of lenses and a reflector.  For the next two hours I was lost in the zone.  I forgot where I was, what time it was and everything else for a while.  It reminds me of when I was younger and trying to describe to people how photography made me feel.  When you lose time and you’re so in the moment and filled with joy it’s indescribable.  I still feel that way anytime I have a camera in my hands, after all this time.  

I’ve always been so in touch with nature.  I had a wonderful memory the other day about being a child and laying in my grandma’s arms outside under a huge shady tree.  Just staring up at the clouds.  Watching the creatures form and dissolve as they were blown around in the sky.  Feeling grounded and safe underneath the massive tree.  It’s roots supporting us and the leaves keeping us cool.  It was meditative for me though I had no idea until I reached my 40’s how I crave that connection when I’ve spent too much time in front of a computer or indoors.

The afternoons when I can actually get out and photograph nature are fewer for sure but being able to do what inspires me the most – every day… is such a privilege! 

Here’s a bit of what I saw.

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