One fun approach to this month’s theme would have been to assemble a series of photographs emphasizing the position from which each was taken. Another option would have been to photograph one subject from many different vantage points. I chose to make photographs reflecting my connection with nature, since, over the years, I’ve found that being in nature is essential to my well-being. A growing body of research shows my experience is not unique!
The challenge this month? Step away from your favourite camera/lens and work with something different for the month – maybe a rental lens, a film camera, some glass that’s been buried deep in your camera bag for a while, gear-swap with a friend or another change that gets you thinking more than usual. Since June is the start of wildflower season in Alberta, I opted to dig out my 60mm f2.8 macro lens and go walkabout looking for blossoms.
Think about if for a minute…when’s the last time a day went by without someone telling you to look up? This phrase applies to everything from situations as basic as looking up a bit of information on a website to much more important things, like the need to look up from the various screens that are so good at demanding attention to really engage with the people in our lives that are deserving of our attention. Finding time each day to look up from technology and work is also a good way to (re)connect with nature – to take in a daily dose of Vitamin N and reap the associated benefits.
We don’t always realize how much the presence (or absence) of colour influences how we’re feeling. But the range and depth of our response to colour is embedded in language: seeing red, feeling blue, mellow yellow and “orange ya glad” are some of the common English phrases that reflect the influence of colour on emotion. So when winter hangs around longer usual, leaving the landscape drab and a little depressing, it’s a challenge to spot uplifting splashes of colour in nearby nature.
People sure make different choices when it comes to vacations. Budget, family circumstances and personal interests shape holiday plans. Our family vacations tend to one extreme or the other – we go big or stay home! This spring vacation, we opted to unwind with a nine-day nature break in Canmore, featuring daily photo walks. Our vacation pics reflect the tussle between winter and spring that takes place at this time of year in this part of the world.