I have been spending a lot of time wandering in the woods behind our house with a camera and small notebook in hand. I carry the tools should the muse arise.
Some days I write. Some days I create images. Some days I just walk. Just making time to be out there is what matters.
The morning has been a centering time to focus on being present and bringing awareness to start each day. I wander and look for shifting changes in the detail of the landscape.
On a morning stroll through the forest, I was drawn in by the magical way the light makes the leaves translucent. The way the warm morning light shines and spotlights small parts of the forest.
It was the only tree in this part of the forest where the light kissed the leaves just right. I sat on the ground to watch the light and capture the magic of the moment. A few minutes later the light shifted as the sun continued to rise and the leaves receded into the backdrop darkness of the forest.
I did not go out with the purpose of making this photograph. I went out like I do each morning to be present and aware and just see where my wandering leads. What draws my attention.
I pay attention to things like what the forest smells like, how the light shines and it’s temperature, the colors, shapes, lines, and textures, and most importantly what it feels like to be out there.
I am reminded of the importance of timing. How a little bit of time can really alter what we see (if we see it at all) and the way that we see it. I am also reminded of the importance of seizing the moment to follow curiosities and let yourself be drawn in by the magic of nature.