Mountain Ranch | Self-Care

This ranch-style gate was photographed this Fall as we drove through the Colorado mountains.  

 

Getting away can be incredibly healing and calming.

Take a train or car ride somewhere new, enjoy nature, and spend time out in the open air with no obligations or time restraints.

It’s amazing how long days seem when we’re out in the world with only nature and our thoughts for company.

 

Let’s get out to enjoy some quiet solitude and recharge, whether we take frequent hikes in local hills or long excursions through the mountains.

We’ll be much better for it!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Recharging in Nature | Dragon’s Tail

Life can have a way of tiring and stressing us out sometimes.

Although junk food and other such indulgences have their place, blowing off steam in nature tends to have the best and healthiest results.  Not that eating a whole cheesecake is that bad…

Let’s do ourselves a favor and take time to recharge, relax, and let go of stress out in the big beautiful world.  Let’s take a hike, watch the clouds on our lunch break, or walk around the block.

If we still need some cheesecake afterword, we’ll probably be less tempted to eat all of it.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography of a single tree under a moody sky.

Bliss of Solitude

Calm Solitude

Solitude is one of the best ways to get ready for or recover from the day.  It gives us time to think, relax, and recharge.

It can come in the form of reading a book, meditating, enjoying music, hiking, or engaging in a hobby.  The list goes on.

I highly recommend enjoying solitude often, whether from an hour to several.  Let’s take time to quiet our minds, reflect, and be mindful of the present moment.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits has a good article on solitude that I recommend reading!

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photograph of a tree with little pink flowers. 

Going Through the Motions

Purple Buds in Fall

Sometimes it feels like the days are flashing by, and we’re stuck in the same pattern that leaves us exhausted and unsatisfied.

There is a time for work, chores, and errands, but there is also time for play, relaxing, creating, and engaging in the things that bring us joy.

Let’s slow down, and remember that the world is still turning, and we’re still alive.  Let’s enjoy the fresh air on our way to work, the taste of our lunch during break, and the people we spend the day with.  When the days blur together, let’s focus on what makes each day special.

Let’s also take our time to wind down.  Enjoy some silence, watch the clouds, read a book, sip some tea, sit in the sun.  Let’s do whatever it is that lifts our hearts and reminds us that we’re alive, and that every day is special.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Look for Luck Bliss of Solitude

Bliss of Solitude

Solitude is a wonderful thing.  It gives us time to relax and be content, and it brings us back to the present.

To me, solitude is watering my plants, preparing a healthy meal, walking outside, reading a good book or three, learning, and creating.  It’s refreshing, rewarding, calming, peaceful, and always feels like time well spent.

Solitude isn’t watching TV for hours or aimlessly wandering the internet.  These things don’t ever make me feel better.  They bring about fatigue, anxiety, guilt, and a sense of time wasted.  Let’s limit our time spent before the screens.  When we’re bored, instead of browsing channels and shows, let’s read a book, learn a new skill, or watch the clouds.

Habits are hard to change, but the benefits of solitude are much worth the effort.

Let’s enjoy more solitude.  Let’s walk, read, meditate, garden, practice yoga, paint, whatever it is that brings us peace and a sense of time well spent.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Purple Wave Clouds and Hope

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’