Oh, winter is bleak where I live. Not bleak as in picturesque, snow- blanketed farm houses. Not even a dramatic Siberia- bleak. It’s just like summer when the grass is all burnt up, only there’s no green, it’s still really cold, and days are too short. So, I live vicariously through my Flickr friends. I see their beautiful natural surroundings (like eahNC‘s, or Jennifer‘s, or Gail‘s) and the crafty way they record it (like Beth, or Candace, or Lucy) and imagine what it would be like to take a walk in a forest I didn’t have to drive too far to reach. To walk safely somewhere other than the street and find something beautiful with every turn of my head- aaah! I have thoughts like, “How refreshing!” “Maybe someday…” that are quickly followed by, “365 would be a breeze.”
It’s not like I live in total urban decay or anything. We have trees. I still go for walks (er, run from dogs). I do love my hometown. But my 365 project drags- what to shoot?
Though I have to look a little longer and a little closer to find some winter beauty, I guess looking is half of the fun anyway. It probably reinforces my ability to see the positive in a seemingly negative situation. It can require imagination. That’s all good. And then there’s the pure joy I feel when I do get to go somewhere “beautiful” – I appreciate it so much and there is no memory card I cannot fill.
Don’t worry, Grandmommy, Lensbaby and Gimp are not my new nicknames for the children- just photo equipment 🙂