The only place I feel at peace is out in nature behind the camera with a waterfall in front of me and the sound of water rushing all around. I trekked down the side of the hill, only slipped twice on the ice (don’t tell my beau), to get closer to my peace. Sometimes I need a few minutes to get a away, just a moment to myself to be at peace, relax, and empty my head. I only think of the next photo and how to photograph nature at her best.
Everyone should have a happy place to go, a place of peace, a place to just breathe. Nature is that place for me.
I had a particularly difficult day. My stress level is high and I’m tired. So I went to my photography which relaxes me. As I look through the photos I almost feel like I’m in that place again – the smells, the coolness of the air, the path in front of me, water rushing beside me, the sounds of nature . . . . Are you picturing it too?
In this busy time of year, keep what’s really important close to your heart. Breathe deeply. Take care of yourself.
Life sure gets busy. And stressful. Tis the season I suppose. I took some time for myself this morning, well me and my camera, and headed out to McConnells Mill State Park. I love nature. You can breathe deep and rest your soul. It was just what I needed.
The above was near where I parked at Alpha Pass. I hiked down the path and cut across to the waterfall. I traversed the rocks further down to capture this photo. The leaves are blanketing the ground, which adds some color to the photo.
I’ll post more from this morning’s hike later in the week. Make it a good one people and remember to breathe deeply every so often.
Sometimes there’s no clear path. Do I go right or left? What exactly is at the center and how do I get there? They say happiness is in the journey. But what if you don’t know what journey you’re supposed to be on? I feel like this often, especially right now. Should I stay or should I go? Do I continue or reverse? Life is so very short and I don’t want it to pass by me.
I am grateful for everything and everyone in my life. Sometimes it’s best to move on and leave the past in the past.
No matter what labyrinth lies in front of you, don’t just stand there. Take a leap, take a chance, move forward and course correct if you need to later.
McConnells Mill is one of my favorite state parks to visit any time of the year. I can visualize my next photo and know exactly what I want to capture. This morning I wanted to use my variable neutral density filter. I moved it to pretty dark (maybe 8 or 9) so that I could leave the shutter opened longer, 30 seconds for this exposure. That’s how I can get the smooth, swirling water flow. It’s just something fun to photograph.
I’ll post more from this morning’s shoot this week. But for now, enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a good week.
I got to explore a state park in Ohio, Nelsons Ledges. It was a fun adventure. I had never visited there before. It was small but fun to walk around. You know it’s a place you must visit when passages there have names like Fat Man’s Peril and Devil’s Ice Box. Too funny!
I was passing over this walking bridge and caught sight of this frog hanging out. He was kind enough to stay while I set up the camera and did a long exposure (about 20 seconds). I love nature and photographing all her beauty.
Have an excellent week! It will be what you make it!
I’m looking forward to fall. The heat of summer dissipates, the morning dew lies heavy on the ground, and the light of day is shorter. It’s my favorite season. Nature explodes with color and shows off her beauty for all to admire and enjoy.
As I have stated here before, don’t forget to look around every so often. Take a deep breath and soak it all in. The show is only around for a short time!
I normally do not go back and review photos. Once I’ve uploaded them, picked a few good ones to post, I usually leave the rest in the abyss of the memory card or laptop file. But over the weekend I was cleaning off memory cards and found quite a few good photos I had taken but never did anything with them. This is one of them from Great Falls National Park in Virginia. I spent the morning there with my bestest friend. We only get to see each other a few times a year but when we get together it’s like we’ve never been apart. That’s friendship.
Don’t forgot to appreciate those around you. Even though you assume they know how you feel about them, don’t just assume. Show them. A hug, a touch, a wink, a smile in their direction would totally make their day. Not to mention a text message or call just to say hello would also let them know you’re thinking of them. It may just make all the difference.
Last week I had a few hours so I drove South to Ohiopyle State Park, PA. These are two of my favorite photos from the shoot. It was so relaxing to see the waterfalls. I used a viable ND filter so I could leave the shutter open longer. The top photo was exposed for 8 seconds to give it that effect.
Please remember to visit my Facebook page (Photo Life Journal). I posted the photos there Sunday but just now posted them here. I’ll try to be a little faster next time!
As a side note, I entered 5 photos in a contest last weekend where 4 of them placed! I actually sold one of them! Anytime you se a photo on here and would like a print, please contact me – leave a reply or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m slowly getting through my photos from vacation. I found this gem and decided to post. It’s from Spearfish, SD, a waterfall called Roughneck Falls. It was late afternoon when I was there so the lighting was totally perfect, plus I used an ND filter.