January 14th – On Going Outside

 

~ Today was a magical sort of day. The sort of day that leaves you breathless and chilly and utterly inspired. I spent it playing with my camera (A Canon T4i named Francois) amidst the ice bergs and frosty air of Mud Bay beach.

As I went about, smelling the salty iciness of the air and tinkering with my camera settings, it occurred to me  that there must be a thousand pictures of this bay, (2,000!) with its towering blue mountains, magnificent winter sunsets (at three in the afternoon), and icy pebble beach.

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The truly wonderful thing is, no two photos will ever yield the same. Each day has its own moods, its distinct fingerprint – shadows and clouds ever changing. (not to mention varying degrees of camera-experience, myself dwelling in the “basically none” category.)

Every day this place has something new to offer; a beautiful yellow sunrise, an inspired grey sunset, a new, special sort of ice-piece that looks, strangely, like a tiny mountain range…

So with that, I gave up on feeling potentially outdone / overdone and dove whole-heartedly into attempting to capture (though never truly) the magnificence of the day.

With each ‘click’ – I fell more in love.

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It’s amazing how a day like this can make you feel. I was inspired! Invigorated! Cold, but almost pleasantly, if that’s possible. Truly, GETTING OUTSIDE and just living and BREATHING is so important. After a hike, run, picture-taking-excursion, or even just a simple walk…I feel full of life, creative, and inspired to take on this life that feels, so often, like it might de-rail me.

A friend of mine once said, “Sometimes I just take a moment and close my eyes and stand in the sun for a minute…two. It’s amazing how grounding something simple like that can be.”

I wholeheartedly agree.

And to top things off, at the end of the day I took my newly inspired self and wandered down to the coffee shop, grabbed a vanilla latte, and spent several hours pleasantly working at my little spot at our little library.

I am sure it would not have been nearly as pleasant if I hadn’t felt quite so inspired. ~

 

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“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.” –Claude Monet 

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