A walk in the forest
It’s been a huge few days – I’ve been up in a hot air balloon for the first time (more on that to come in a future post), we’ve been away for the weekend (yay, travel and just wait until you see our fabulous accomodation!) and I’ve started a health challenge over the next 30 days, making an effort to be more active, to be more aware of what I’m eating and to drink more water. Some days it can be a real struggle!
So after getting home mid Sunday afternoon, from a busy weekend at a Rotary Conference, seeing care, kindness and selfless community service in action, I needed to go out and move my body. The only problem with conferences is that you end up sitting for far too long, but I was pleased to say I managed to ignore most of the sugary morning tea offerings. We also had to drive over 2 and a half hours each way so not a lot of time for exercising. After I’d unpacked and had the washing on, I put on my shoes and went for a walk into the forest, which starts at the end of our paddock – so not too far to go!
I often quote John Muir, by saying ‘into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul‘. I love the image that conjures up!
It also happens to be the UN International Day of Happiness today, March 20, and for Sunday Stills Terri has the theme of Daylight in Black and White.
So armed with that knowledge, I marched off to make myself happy, get some much needed exercise and take some black and white photos in the daylight.
These thistles are my favourite from my collection for this post. What do you think?
Black and White photography essay
I love the various things I see when out walking and when I know I’m taking photos for a specific reason I take even more notice. The pine trees are pretty dull most of the time but the texture of their trunk looks very interesting in black and white.
I took heart from this quote because I often have trouble with black and white photos – I like colour far too much as I’ve said on many occasions. I played around with editing some recent photos into black and white but they just didn’t work for me.
My walk into the forest was for the sole purpose of taking some black and white photos and I had fun looking, observing the environment and trying to see the images I was taking in black and white before I actually took them, (if that makes sense).
This photo of a pile of discarded parts of the trees made me think of the game ‘pick up sticks.’
I think black and white photography is a real art and admire those who do it well, time and time again – I’m not one of those people!
Through the paddock we cross into the ‘common’ and then pass through this gate onto the road which leads to the forest tracks.
As I said in my last Sunday Stills post about Making Memories, getting out for a walk, or a ride certainly helps me clear my head. These forest tracks are well trodden!
The fence is a homemade affair and I think it has a lot of character.
On the way back from our walk, this view of power lines marching across our paddock greets me, and although it looks good in colour, it also looks a bit dramatic in black and white.
So there you have it, a walk into the forest to lose my mind and find my soul! I ‘d like to know what you think of black and white photography in general, and which of my photos is your favourite.
I hope you enjoyed my photo essay and although I don’t see black and white photography as my forte, I do enjoy the challenge of doing something outside my comfort zone and then sharing with you.
Wishing you some joy for International Day of Happiness. Have a great week ahead.
All my Sunday Stills posts can be found here – I’ve been doing these for quite some time now!
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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