Along This Dark Path | We Choose Our Direction

Circumstance isn’t everything.

We all have dreams of what we want our lives to be like, and we all have a certain path we’ve been walking.

We can’t always choose where we start our journey from, but we decide which direction to walk.  If our current lives aren’t reflecting what we value and what we dream of, let’s ask ourselves:

In which direction have we been walking?

Have we been pushing closer to our ideals, or wandering in the opposite direction?

Our ideal lives aren’t going to magically fall into place, we’ll have to put in the legwork and start making choices.  Some choices may hard, and the journey with be difficult, but isn’t living closer to our dreams worth it?

Let’s continually check in with ourselves, our dreams, and ask if we’ve been heading in the direction we want.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fallow Your Path

Landscape photography of the valley and mountains in Divide, Colorado

Tranquil

Tranquility can seem immensely difficult to find and enjoy, but we should remember it’s actually quite simple.

Step outside. Get some fresh air. Enjoy a cup of tea. Watch the clouds.

If only for a moment.

But let’s remember to be present and really enjoy it.  Let’s engage all our senses, center ourselves, and feel gratitude for the moment.

No matter how busy life seems to get, let’s take a deep breath, soak up the present, and make tranquil moments for ourselves to recharge.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Dragon Valley | Ute Valley Park

Spring Seeds

Golden

Nature photography of a tree's exposed roots surrounded by Fall leaves.

The exposed roots of a tree are always beautiful and interesting to admire, and there’s no shortage of such views when hiking a forested mountainside.

Fall colors can come out of nowhere, and depending where you are, they may last a very short time!  What blankets the ground in vivid golds and reds can turn brown before we know it.

Let’s enjoy the Fall colors while they last, and take in the new season and its scenery while we can!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photography of trees surrounding a metal bridge in a Colorado Springs Park. Fall Forest Leaves

Beauty is Everywhere

Eternal

Starting in July or August, photography here on Roman Leaf may be quite different.  We’re leaving the vivid greens of Pennsylvania and moving to the rocky earth tones of Colorado.  Despite my love for the beauty surrounding PA, I’m definitely excited to move back to Colorado.

Memory has me picturing pine trees, short cacti, dirt, rock, and lots of brush.  Very different from what we’ve been admiring here these past few years, but I’m so excited for the beauty in the different landscape.

The sunsets and sunrises are the most vivid memory of our soon-to-be new home, as well as the incredible feeling of awe experienced when near the base of the mountain range.

I’m too excited for words, and I’m extremely happy and honored to take you all with me as we explore this new landscape in the near future!

Let’s always remember that no matter how different the sight, there is beauty to be found everywhere.  Beauty is not confined to any location.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Swirled Vine Beauty

Green Forest

Spring Forest

Today’s clouds really made the green of the trees pop.  I tried shooting with a smaller aperture and slower shutter speed than usual.

I prefer a shallow depth of field in my photographs for the more dream-like quality it gives, but it’s good to experiment.  Sharp details from foreground to background seems to be preferred for landscape/nature photography.  Although the background is far from sharp here, I hope to experiment more with depth of field.

What aperture range do you tend to favor?

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fall Roots

fall river roots leaves nature photography

Some more beautiful roots I came across during Fall.  I need to be sure to have a good pair of fishing boots for future adventures.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Roots

fall ground tree roots photography I love coming across trees with exposed roots.  It’s like getting a peek under the earth.  When you’re surrounded by trees taller than you ever thought you’d see in person, it’s nice to see the roots run deep and that they stand strong.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’