I took a walk across the fields tonight. In the golden hour, although I was a little late getting out so missed it slightly. Happiness is when walking across the fields. The quiet, the closeness to nature, the evening light. The corn is ready to be harvested and there is a mellowness in the air, the feeling that summer is over and now is the time for the earth to rest and contemplate.
Its not often I like photographs taken of me but I had to include this self portrait. This is me at my happiest, at one with nature.
I am again drawn to water. And, the sound, oh the soothing sound that it sings to us, drawing us close so that we may stand and stare. Does it ever stand still? Do we ever stand still?
Can it enlighten us? What can it teach us? Simplicity. Be in the moment. Do not think of the future, do not think of the past. Live today. When we realise this then we are close to enlightenment. This is something that I must learn to do. I am always thinking ahead, thinking of next week. When I am in the garden, or out in nature, I often think of the tomorrow when everything goes back to sleep. I must try and think of the moment. Live the moment. Enjoy what is in front of me, around me, free my mind of the tomorrows. Be alive.
The road to enlightenment is a very difficult one. Sometimes it can be a case of one step forward, and two steps back. But even though the road is often strewn with obstacles we must keep on, because one day the road will become easier to walk along.
When things go wrong I often dwell on the negatives. But I see it as a test. If I can get past the negatives then the spirit will grow stronger and next time the negatives won’t seem as bad.
This series of photographs is developing into something very special. Not only do I love the images and what they represent but going out into nature and taking them is allowing me to get closer to nature. And it is through nature that I believe my path takes me. Maybe its a two way street. I seek enlightenment so I go out into nature to take photographs and by doing so I discover something about myself which enables me to move forward on that path.
I experiment with a lot of different photography, sometimes some of what I do falls by the wayside. But I am always drawn to nature. Nature is my saviour.
I am drawn constantly to flowers. But even though their colours are so vibrant I still prefer to see them in black and white. Maybe that is how life is, black and white. I continue with my dedication to the loss of my beloved dog by dedicating these photographs to her and the happiness she brought to life. Some people may think it strange to love an animal so much and to mourn its loss so greatly. But animals can enrich someones life greatly. They learn us so much about emotions and how to be kind to others. And their dedication to their owners is immense.
I am constantly drawn to Nature. I have decided that I could never live in a city. I need to be able to see the trees and the fields, to lie in the grass and see the blue sky above me, to hear the birdsong and the rustle of the leaves as the wind blows through the branches of the trees. In Nature I feel safe, rested, calm….. I feel at peace. I feel I belong.