Thursday, October 3, 2013

Colors of the Woods

 

The other day I was in a blue mood, discombobulated and irritable. I had the good fortune, however, that my husband and I drove out to the country that day. As soon as we arrived, I donned my hiking boots, grabbed my camera, and made for the woods.

Once again it amazed me how healing it is to wander around in nature, focusing my lens on whatever strikes my fancy. After an hour of hiking and taking photos, I felt better. The blue mood had lifted. I shouldn't have been surprised, really, because from all my reading of Julia Cameron's work, I know that she emphasizes the importance of walks, of literally walking out whatever issue one is grappling with and allowing the mind to wander and ideas to percolate.

Sure enough, after I had happened upon a bright fuchsia blossom amongst the trees, I had the idea of putting together a photo essay of all the colors I found in the woods, a project that never would have happened had I not gone on that walk with my camera. I also know that creating is what makes a creative soul feel good, actually makes most people feel good, as does living in the moment. Magically, photography encompasses both.

On that walk I was creating, and I was focusing on the here and now. I hope you enjoy my little photo essay.


 
Fuchsia
 
 
 
Emerald and Ivory
 
 
 
Yellow
 
 
 
Brown
 
 
 
Grey
 
 
 
Green
 
 
 
Red
 
 
 
White - I feel like this is saying - ha, ha, haven't combed my hair lately!
 
 

10 comments:

  1. I've always found a walk helpful in so many ways. Lifts a mood, time to plan a new story or essay, soothes a troubled soul, even gives an answer to a problem at times. Enjoyed this post, Annette.

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    1. Nancy, thank you! "Soothes a troubled soul" is really a great way to put it!

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  2. Yes! I love wandering around in nature. It really does help me "reset."

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    1. Alicia, "reset" is a great way to put it, too. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. Beautiful colours, Annette. I particularly like that mushrooms and moss shot.

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    1. William, I did get my jeans a bit dirty crouching down for that one :-)

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  4. Annette, thank you for sharing your palette of autumn colors and textures as captured with your camera.

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  5. Annette, I just returned from a long weekend in the Northwoods of Wisconsin where the woods have exploded in color. I saw bright yellow and red mushrooms for the first time. It was difficult to return to the city after wandering around amongst all that beauty.

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    1. Jennifer - yeah, it is hard, isn't it, to leave the tranquility of the woods behind and return to the bustle of the city.

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