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When I am starting to feel like I’m in a rut with my photography it seems to help to just put my camera around my neck and head out for a walk. Whether it is a walk through the forest around our house or just down the road it can reawaken something inside me that has been sleeping. That sleeping something is a connection to the natural world.

That connection seems to come from tuning out and tuning in i.e.tuning out of the digital world and into the natural world (the real world). The older I get, the more I’m starting to realize that although there is a place for connecting with friends and family on the internet or watching an entertaining TV program, it is far more rewarding to see those people in person and far more rewarding to be a part of nature rather than just seeing it on TV. Breathing fresh air and hearing the sounds of birds or the rushing of the wind through the trees fills a part of my soul and restores me like nothing else can.

It can be a rather noisy place inside my head and sometimes I just need to find a still quiet place where my head can be still and quiet and take a break from all those busy thoughts that it thinks are so important. Going for a nature walk alone helps to bring me back to that centered place but my camera adds to that as well by bringing me even more into the now.

When I’m walking and see a sight or a scene that inspires me, I want to share that with my viewers through my photos and hopefully instill that same feeling I felt at the time I saw that scene or sight. Sometimes I miss the mark and sometimes I hit it. It’s those moments that I hit it that keeps me going and makes me want to photograph more and share more.

If you are stopping by to read my blog, I hope my photos from yesterday’s walk bring you the reader a sense of peace like the peace I felt when attempting to capture these moments in time.

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A New Forest Friend

Every once in a while nature gives us a gift. Today was such a day. We are in the middle of a heat wave with temps in the 90’s and humidity. Since we do not have AC, my husband & I sought refuge in a favorite little spot of ours in the mountains where there is a cool rushing steam and an nice little rocky pool that is deep enough to get in and cool off in.  Besides being a peaceful beautiful spot, it also is seems to be a butterfly haven.

 Usually shooting butterflies if pretty challenging as they are constantly fluttering about but today an Eastern yellow tiger swallowtail landed near me and held perfectly still for me. It was like it was posing for me. I took picture after picture after picture and it didn’t seem to mind at all. Then it even flew closer to me and I got some more shots.

After I was statisfied with my shots, I decided, just for the goof…I’d try to coax it onto my hand since it was so calm and to my surprise I made a new friend!  It happily moved onto my hand and stayed on my hand for the longest time.  My husband took this shot of my new forest friend & I used in today’s blog post. He finally flew away but I’ll never forget the day I got to be friends with a butterfly and hold  beauty in the palm of my hand!