Like My New Outfit?

Since I began taking nature photos, I have considered myself a “purist” of sorts. I don’t prefer to modify my photos, keeping them the way they were taken.

Rarely, I sample some photo programs and the photo above is one of them. I was impressed and kept it. A few days ago I came across it and it occured to me that putting a different look on a photo is akin to me simply putting on a new outfit. The original me is still there, just stylin’ a different way. See……

Outfits can be changed for any occasion but as long as the original can be enjoyed unchanged, I am OK with that. You may see more designer looks from me in the future!

Sheer Enjoyment

I’ve made no secret of complaining about our recent cold snap, but today was nearly 70 and mostly cloudy with a few peeks of sunshine. I was out in the yard struggling with the work I was doing and looked up at the sky, asking Robert aloud why he left so soon. The words were barely out of my mouth when the clouds parted and a big ol’ ray of sun came down, shining only on the area I was standing. He was saying, “What do you mean ‘left’?” I needed that reminder and I took a deep breath and stood there soaking up the sunshine for as long as the clouds allowed.

It made me think back to how long it had been since I simply took the time to enjoy nature without any distraction. Sadly, I couldn’t recall. This photo is from my early years, and I strongly remember snapping photos of this spectacular sunset. At some point it occured to me to lower the camera and just enjoy the one-of-a-kind miracle around me.

So I am making a new daily “to do” – to simply stop and soak in the natural beauty around me. The same as the “stop and smell the roses” advice. How long has it been since you paused for the sheer enjoyment of the moment? Let’s do this!