Tuesday, April 2, 2013

walk with nature

Last week I took myself on an artist's date. It has been a while, and I realized just how deeply my soul needs this nourishment right now. It has been hard, this past 10 months with my baby. Although he is generally a very happy, easy going baby during the day, he has been a terror at night. It has been wearing me down. I can't even express in words how much I have wanted to just lay down and die some nights, and how hard it is to get up and put on a happy face as I drop my older son off at school in the mornings. Sometimes it's too hard. Sometimes I just give up and go ahead and cry in public, in front of my son's teacher who looks at my face and sees how wrecked I am, and the glimpse of empathy in her face just sends me over the edge.

We are finally starting to get some better nights, but that backlog of sleep deprivation is going to take a while to recover from, and we still have a long way to go. Anyone who has ever been through this will know what I am talking about.

So back to my artist's date. I got my camera and went for a slow walk around LaFarge Lake, really allowing the magic of the camera to soothe me as I looked for just the right angle, just the right shot. And I remembered why I love to take pictures. Because sometimes you need to be reminded...

that you just need to put on a good pair of walking shoes
and look at the world from a different angle
that nothing stays the same forever
and that even our shadows have something to teach us
I'll be posting more about part two of my artist date, a visit to Pierre Coupey's exhibit at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, later this week for Thankful Thursday. For now, wishing you all inspiration, and wondering, what have you received from your walks in nature?

P.S. I'm linking up with Texture Tuesday today. Walk with Nature was layered with Kim Klassen's texture "Charmed."


  1. I do hope things start to settle down for you and that you are able to get some sleep. It's very smart of you to get out and do something you love. I especially love that different angle - stunning!

  2. Very nicely done. I like your header photos.


  3. You did really well on your photo walk. These are lovely shots. I hope things get better very soon for you.

  4. Lovely scenes of ordinary nature, so simple.
    Take care!

  5. Beautiful - especially the clouds.

  6. Beautiful pictures, I love the branches against the blue sky and that pop of red from the berries. Your art is stunning. I love the vibrant colors.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and I will tell you all about my adventure at Donna Downey's workshop when I get back!

    Have a great day and continue taking time to take pictures of nature. You've got a great eye.


  7. Can't remember how hard those times were...so know that someday you will look back and not really remember the tough times! Enjoy your walks and try to take more! your images are lovely and captions are even better!

  8. Love the different ideas for capture...the shadow and the upside down especially, but also love the budding tree. Heck, I like them all. Very nicely done.