Fresh Air

Fallen Branches

This winter has been very quiet.  I’m not the biggest fan of cold weather, but it feels like I’ve been spending far too much time inside.

Fresh air and seeing the world up close, not just a passing glance through a window, always lifts the spirit.  Despite how wonderful the outdoors are, it’s incredibly difficult to get myself outside when it’s not simply to head to work.

Let’s try to enjoy more fresh air, be it by stepping outside more during a busy day, taking our tea on the back step, or parking further from work to allow a longer walk.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Forest Trees in Fog Winter Seeds

Patterns in Nature

Pattern in Nature

Pattern in Nature

Let’s take time to breathe fresh air, feel the sun on our shoulders, and see the beauty and patterns in nature all around us.

Let’s also take time to give to others, and to bury ourselves in whatever craft tugs at our hearts.

My photography brings me joy, and reminds me of the limitless beauty in the world.  Hopefully, it does the same for you.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Feeling Blue 2 Grow

Why I Love Nature Photography

Why I Love Nature Photography

Nature photography has grown to be a love of mine since starting this blog.

There are many reasons why this kind of photography has grown on me (despite little sun), including:

  • Fresh air.  We could all do with more fresh air.  Despite my love for it, I spend little time outside, so nature photography is a great and fun way to get myself out into the fresh air.
  • Silence.  We tend to spend a lot of time talking with others, listening to the television, etc., so sometimes it’s good to just step outside and enjoy the natural silence and music of nature.  The singing of birds and whispering of wind in the trees are great forms of silence.
  • Solitude.  Sharing is important to me, but like many, I’m a very anti-social and shy person.  We can spend a lot of time with others, and like silence, solitude is a great thing to enjoy!
  • Nature.  Nature has so much beauty, joy, comfort, and healing to share.  We should spend more time out in it!
  • Sharing.  Nature is something that’s become very important to me this year, so I’m very happy to be able to share the beauty of nature with you!  We live all around the world, and nature photography also gives us the chance to share places and plants that we haven’t seen before.
  • Requirements.  Beautiful results can come from a basic DSLR with a kit lens (maybe even a point-and-shoot), and unlike other kinds of photography, you don’t need props, models, costumes, or paperwork.  Beautiful subjects are also as close as the doorstep!

Nature, and the photography of it, has become a love of mine.  I hope to improve and continue sharing the beautiful views nature has to offer with you!

Nature photography has a lot to offer, so I hope you consider trying it, if you’re not already!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fresh Air

Purple Wave

I love fresh air.

The feeling of nature, life, peace, and the scent of the season.  It’s wonderful.

To me, fresh air is purification.  It’s a reminder of the world greater than ourselves and our problems.  It’s a reminder of our connection with the world and our need to protect it.

Today, sometimes it seems that we only get fresh air when we step out to check the mail, or as we head out for work each day.  Or is that just me?

Let’s get more fresh air, whether that means drinking our coffee outside, opening some windows, or walking places instead of driving.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

 

Eating When The Lights Go Out

dark candle flame photography Sometimes the power goes out.  It happens.

Maybe someone was driving too fast and hit something, or maybe there’s a bad storm.  The fact is, the power is out.  So what are you going to do?  Or, more close to point, what are you going to eat?

As of late, I’ve been working to eat more minimally.  I’ve been cutting back on meat and dairy, as well as looking for food I can eat raw.  That means lots of oatmeal, fruits, veggies, and leafy greens!  Just settling into my new diet expedition, some snow started to fall and, well, the power went out.

Again, it happens.

As my family bought extra food and the fridge began to smell a special kind of funky, I sat with my bowl of oats and thought.

I thought of all the meat, all the cream, half & half, and cheese that would be (and was) thrown out later.  I thought about the food my family would eat now that there was no way to cook or defrost food.  That included granola bars, chips, bread, fruit cups, and more granola bars.  I think my mother was the only one to have some leafy greens.

As the household hippie, I had the oatmeal, fruit, veggies, and leafy greens that I’d been munching on for a while.  Though I did miss my cheese.

Our family pantry and fridge are stuffed with a lot of uncooked pastas, canned soups, frozen instant snacks, dinners, and meat.  Lots of things that require cooking, or at least a quick defrost in the microwave.

Sometimes we can be too dependent on microwaves, ovens, and frozen food.

I’ve been working to lessen my dependence on these.  I want to save energy, eat healthy, and maybe even one day, not own a microwave, oven or fridge.

Give it a try.  Make overnight oatmeal, eat more fresh fruit and veggies, make salads and wraps with leafy greens (and try not to buy those bagged salad mixes.  Get your own head of lettuce and cabbage.  They’ll keep MUCH longer.), and try no-cook recipes.

Even if it’s just one night a week, give fresh and raw meals a try.

Next time the power goes out, you just may find you have all the food you need, and none of it will smell funky.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’