What started out as a way to develop a few photography skills, taking a camera along everywhere I go has grown into a habit that fills me with wonder and joy.
Do I get an image worth saving every time my camera is with me? I wish I did but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet. I do manage to capture a somewhat memorable record of a lovely scene occasionally but that is only an added bonus. The biggest benefit from photography has come from becoming aware of and witnessing God’s artistry around me, even if I forget to click.
Inquisitive person that I am, whenever I see an open door or in this case a gate, I cannot resist walking through it to see what is beyond the open gate.
This time, an opening at the fence around the Chellberg farmhouse led to a lovely garden where recent rain showers have led to a bounty of heirloom tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, giant sunflowers, and pretty flowers.
After satisfying my curiosity, I continued on my way down the tree-lined path to the parking lot at Chellberg Farm – Indiana Dunes National Park.
It is always fun to discover a new garden. Yesterday I wandered around Hamstra Gardens in Wheatfield, Indiana for the first time and I am already looking forward to going back! It is an ideal spot for macro photographers. There are also many beautiful settings that make the perfect backdrop for portraits such as senior shoots.
I can’t believe it took me years to get to a garden that is only 30 minutes from home. This lily is the first of many images taken during my visit there. Still culling through my memory card and I have a feeling there are more pics to be posted over time.
To my delight, our granddaughter loves books. Her first books were picture books with illustrations or images without words. Now that she is 3 and half years old (that half of a year is extremely important to her so don’t miss it), she enjoys books that include words along with the pictures. If there is not an adult around to read to her, she occasionally makes up her own story to go along with the pictures.
As I was thinking about children’s books, I was reminded of how important illustrations are to attract and keep a kid’s attention. I realized that ties right in with one of my greatest challenges in photography and the one question that goes through my head as I scroll through images that I capture on a daily basis.
Do my images tell a story on their own?
My honest response would have to be “No, not always“. To my disappointment,sometimes words are necessary and that is due to my own failing or lapse of attention. As part of my resolve in striving to remain focused on improving my photography, I am challenging myself to post a Wordless Wednesday image every week.
Standing out against nature’s backdrop of green, here is a spiderwort. I wonder if it is called that because of it’s spidery looking center?
Native to Indiana, these pretty wildflowers can be found all along the Indiana Dunes National Park trails through most of spring and summer. I don’t know much about flowers but these seem pretty hardy. I’ve seen them in abundance under the shade of trees as well as spots full of sunshine. The true test would be whether or not they survive me trying to grow them in my garden!
Slow down and get in close! There’s a whole lot of treasures in nature that are usually overlooked by walking right past them. While hiking along the trails, I often stop and gradually make a complete circle from one spot. It always amazes me how much more I notice just by slackening my pace through life.
There doesn’t seem to be anything shy about red impatiens growing in the garden. Their colorful brightness against the green leaves drew my eyes in for a closer look.
On days when I am in the mood for macro photography, Ogden Gardens is one of my favorite go-to places. Within walking distance from home, it never disappoints with its lovely flowers through spring and summer.