I love spending time at the sea shore. This image to me represents the constant change, ebbing and flowing of life and the breath that is embodied in the sea and shore life. We like to think that things are permanent, that all will stay the same. We embrace our comfort zone and want to stay there forever. But in reality, life is change. Sometimes infinitesimally slow, sometimes lightning speed, but the only certain thing in life is change. Learn to love change and you will learn to love life.
Water is just the most amazing stuff. The surface tension of the liquid form allows these beautiful droplets to form on the leaf surface as it rains, too much water and all will be washed away. Yet the same element can form the gaseous steam or solid ice, evidence of the change all around us even when things seem to stay the same.
Despite the harsh weather of recent weeks, spring is definitely in the air! My daffodils have been out for a couple of weeks and I couldn’t resist buying some primulas and hellebores to brighten up the back yard. The spring flowers are my favourites, and of course out comes to camera to record them in their full glory.
Autumn is moving on and the weather is taking a turn for the colder. The clear, crisp mornings provide the perfect opportunity to study the beauty of frost and ice dusting the leaves and grass. It never lasts for long, reminding me of the constant change all around us. Autumn has been beautiful this year, and the chill in the air really brings out the colours of the leaves. Every season has its beauty, and autumn is one of my favourites.
I couldn’t resist attempting to capture the fun and movement of these geese as they splashed around bathing at the water’s edge. Even the routine things in life can be more exciting if we choose to make them that way, and these geese reminded me of the little pleasures that hide within everyday activities.
I have always loved to look at the world in close up and a camera is perfect for recording the beautiful forms and shapes of nature that are too small to be noticed unless you pay careful attention. We might be drawn to the cheerful showy petals of the primula, but how many of us stop to admire the wonderful curly hairs on the stem?
Butterflies are one of the most delicate of creatures in our world. I very much enjoy using my camera to for macro photography, enlarging tiny things so we can see the details clearly. Sometimes the world seems like a set of those nested Russian dolls; walking round we get a general idea of a scene, but a closer look reveals the complexity in detail. However small a level we take it to, way beyond the scope of my camera lens, it just reveals more and more.
Summer has arrived! There is nothing quite like the blue of a summer sky contrasted against fluffy white clouds. I love watching how they are constantly changing – another reminder of transience this month! But also thinking about the elements. The water in the clouds is the same water that flows as rivers and streams, the same water that forms the fluid that is 80% of the human body, the same water that creates oceans and icebergs, the same water that rises up as sap to give strength to tree trunks and plant stems, the same water that can turn a fresh spring day to a sticky muggy summer one. Take a moment to sip a cool drink, and reflect on the connections.
I love the little smiley faces of pansies nestling in my garden. Although they are often sold as winter bedding plants, mine never seem to come into their own until the weather starts to warm up. So unlike my daffodils, which are foolhardy enough to flower in January, or even December, pansies are a welcome reminder that spring is on its way.