I am tired....................I think the last couple of weeks did me in. Seven hours of set up and three days of "being on" for an art festival one weekend, and then days getting my studio back to together in time for our "Open Studio" event last week, have all contributed to feelings of frustration, some confusion and a longing for something that I couldn't put my finger on until today.
In between preparing for a workshop I have this Saturday, I have been taking advantage of our fairly mild weather by chilling out in my backyard and walking around my neighborhood. These mini retreats helped remind me of one of the benefits of being a photographer. Constantly being on alert for beauty, color, light and mood make it possible to celebrate my environment no matter where I am.
The other wonderful thing about having photography as my main source of expression is it doesn't take much to turn an otherwise mundane, normal Thursday into a day that ends with delight and satisfaction. This energizes me and helps turn even the grumpiest of moods completely around, much to the relief of those closest to me.
So what did I do?
I have been viewing with envy, autumn images from other photographers who took the time to venture out into the mountains and hills and come back with breathtaking shots of glorious crimson red and golden fall foliage. A day trip for me this week was not an option, so I did the next best thing.....went out to my backyard. The simple act of picking up my camera, crouching down, looking up and appreciating what was right in front of me, helped dissolve the dark cloud that had been hovering over me all day.
The important thing to remember is it was the "doing" and not necessarily the end result that made me smile. These are probably not images I will go out of my way to show, but I love that they represent a slice of time on a beautiful November day right outside my door and I took the time to enjoy it.