“The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Thanks to Angie, I saw this quote today at Spendor Of Creation today. It’s the website of a Vikki, a lady who’s posted her nature photoraphy online. I really like her style and way of looking at things.
I wrote to her to tell her my appreciation for her site, and in so doing found myself thinking a lot about what photography means to me. When I am walking around with my camera, I am so absorbed in what I’m doing that time just flies by. I don’t feel hungry, distracted, hot, or anything; I am just really into the moment. I find that I really see things when I am looking at my surroundings with pictures in mind. Taking macro shots of plants and insects is expecially exciting to me because I often notice yet more cool things later when I view the shots enlarged. It’s always a surprise to find some little bug I didn’t notice on a petal before!
Another thing about nature photography is the reference part of it. I like being able to look back at the pictures I’ve taken of plants in my own yard, for instance, and be able to ascertain that the dianthus by the front steps started blooming April 24, or whenever the shot was taken. That’s valuable to me in coming years, plus all the pictures of my own garden’s plants are great to look at on those interminable, grey winter days here in Ohio.
By the way, I am a LOSER again. I have lost 10 pounds since going to the doctor last week. Yippeee!! It feels good to be regaining control of my appetite and habits, to be on the losing side of this battle of the bulge again. 🙂