As I sit down to write these words, it is raining. The colors of spring and almost summer are rich, green and painted with many hues from pastel and subtle to bold and vibrant. The sound of the rain falling is strangely comforting, keeping me inside. I am thankful for this time and the awareness I have of the beauty that shines just outside my windows.
REMINDERS & GRATITUDE
I am reminded of so many days over the last three months that were filled with wind and rain. I am reminded of my “chasing spring” walks and my efforts to record them within the frames of my camera. It is the first time in decades that I have been home for this long – the first time I have not worked as all or most of what I had planned has been cancelled or rescheduled. I am thankful for the opportunities that this time has provided. It has pushed me far, far, far outside my comfort zone. And, yet, I am thankful for all those still moments this time, this season, has provided.
It is a story of mixed blessings. I had to stay home. I wanted to be working. I wanted to be photographing flowers and more in all my favorite gardens. Without that option, I wanted to photograph the flowers of spring outside, in the natural light, on my back patio. And, nearly every time I was ready to do so, it was either too windy, raining or both. Dang! So, I began to work on a series of indoor set-ups and still lifes and stories. There were very few days when I was able to set up my flowers outside, but when those times came, I took full advantage of the opportunities. What follows in this post are some of the images and ideas that came from my “chasing spring” mostly indoor still life moments.