Framed | Pushing Our Comfort Zones

Frustration, and the blues that often follow, are great reminders to keep pushing forward and practicing, no matter how irritated we may become and how much we may question our capacity to learn.

If photographing others makes you nervous, keep trying it.  If flash photography makes you want to put your foot through the wall sometimes, keep practicing with it.  If you’re afraid of working with a model because you’re afraid of wasting their time, work with them anyway.

The point is to keep pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us.  Eventually, the nervousness and fear will subside, and we’ll again find ways to push ourselves.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Old Burn | Brush

Challenges

Warm Winters

The numerous pots around the house with only dirt and withered leaves will tell you that I’m not that great with plants.  Dried flowers are fragile, of course, but still beautiful.  And they can’t die twice.

You can find dried flowers at craft stores, and sometimes at thrift shops, but of course the most fun way to get a collection is to go out and pick your own.  You can even press them in a book and frame when dry.

Whether we’re able to care for living plants, or can only handle the dried variety, let’s bring the beauty of nature indoors to keep us a little warmer this winter!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photograph of a warm view of trees with bright oranges and blues.

Trash Day

Old Rock Wall | Look Closer

Forest photography of fallen trees on an old stone wall.

Already a very lush place, this town park in Pennsylvania featured a boardwalk through nearby woodland that was bursting with especially vivid greens.

Home to a peaceful stream that fed the enormous amount of greens, it also seems to have been home to something else.  It wasn’t until later that it became clear that beneath the fallen trees was an old rock wall, perhaps part of a home at one point.

A good reminder to look closer at our surroundings in the present.  Should we find something interesting, it’s better to notice it when we’re able to feed our curiosity and explore, than later when we’re not.

Let’s keep our eyes open for whatever curiosities may be hidden around us, and take the opportunity to explore and look closer.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Exterior photograph of an abandoned pond house. Urban photography of a cozy side street.

Growing Greener

Nature photography of new green plants

Things have definitely changed since when days were spent vegetating before the tv and computer.

Instead of watching tv shows and movies for the majority of the day and being constantly on the computer (sometimes at the same time), I no longer have cable or a service like Netflix, and DVDs are rarely watched.  The computer is off and stored away the majority of the time; it’s most heavy use related to photography and running Roman Leaf.

Although video gaming has come back into play, it’s reserved for off-peak electric hours and usually spans 3-4 hours a night, if the console is turned on at all.

With so much less time before the tv and computer, there’s been a great expanse of time open to reading on the back step, crafting, and hiking, among other things.

Hoping to continue decreasing the amount of time spent ‘plugged in’, here are some tips and ideas to help us spend less time before our screens:

  • Try to reserve most computer/tv use to off-peak electric hours (check your local electric company).  Not only will the power you’re using be less likely to cause added power production, but it will help you break up and limit your time plugged in, and may save you on your electric bill.
  • Set limits.  Give yourself only so much time to watch select shows, play video games, use the computer, browse the web, etc.  If you only give yourself two hours to watch tv or a half hour to browse the web, you’re more likely to spend time with the shows/websites you like most.
  • Check email only once a day.  Don’t really use email?  Same thing goes for Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.  Check only once a day and/or for a set period.  Save these for actually being social, not just to kill time or see what people are up to.
  • Save electronic leisure activities for after you’ve completed your important tasks for the day.
  • Consider getting rid of cable or your tv all together.  It’s harder to spend hours watching tv when you don’t have cable or a screen.  If you insist on having shows to watch, though, many can be viewed on a computer.
  • Limit ipod/radio use.  We don’t need to be listening to music every second.  Try driving, crafting, reading, etc without music or a DJ buzzing in the background.
  • Find other enjoyable ways to use your time.  Just because you’re spending less time plugged in doesn’t mean you have to sit and stare at the wall (unless you want to).  Find books you enjoy, outdoor activities that get your heart racing, crafts and hobbies that inspire you.

Spending less time plugged in is as simple as not turning something on in the first place, although it can be quite the challenge at first.

If you live with anxiety, these plugged in activities may provide a distraction and keep our minds busy.  When we start to limit these distractions, we may feel jittery and anxious for a while as we adjust to silence and more time to think.  But it will pass.

Let’s try to spend less time plugged in.  Whether we live with anxiety or not, let’s remember to take it slow, and soon we’ll find silence to be golden.

Do you have any tips or tricks you use to limit your time before the screen?  I’d love to hear!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Bliss of Solitude Greener Gaming

Perfection in the Everyday

Vivid Green Columbine

It can be easy to forget how perfect and beautiful the everyday is.  Immense beauty isn’t only found in a sunny beach town, distant city, or exotic locale.

It’s easily found right at our feet, wherever we are.  Whether we’re standing on wild grass, fine gravel, asphalt, or a dirt road, we can find beauty and perfection nearby.  We just have to look.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Swirled Vine Backlit Forest

Looking Ahead

Spring Leaves

Posting has been a little late this week, bringing to light the need to better plan ahead.  Getting some posts ready to go ahead of time is looking better and better…

Also, do you have any thoughts on future posts including some camera data for the photographs?  Focal lengths, shutter speeds, and f/stops are little extras I love to see when looking at others’ photography.  It gives me a better idea of how they accomplished their photo, even if it’s just a few numbers.

What do you think?  Do you enjoy the extra info, or consider the sharing of it irrelevant?  Distracting?

If you have any thoughts on posting camera data with photos, I’d love to hear!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Backlit Forest Mushroom Gills