Erik and I did a couple of nature walks while visiting my family during the holidays. It was cold, gray, and snowy. I enjoyed being outside, but trudging through the snow can be hard work. Sometimes my mind starts to trudge too -- slow and heavy, trailing off to thoughts of warmth and comfort.
I wanted to be present, to be mentally invigorated by fresh air and the uncommon texture of my surroundings. Ready to try anything, I just started shooting random, silly, not-carefully-composed photos. Most of them didn't turn out great, but a few were priceless captures. The best part was that it loosened up my mind, allowing me to be present, to see, to have fun ... as evidenced by this shot:
And then I was a lot more inspired to carefully compose the stark winter beauty that surrounded us...
I think a couple of those photos were probably Erik's ... we pass the camera back and forth so much it's sometimes hard to remember who took what photo.
A couple of days later we went walking again and the sun came out! It's easier to do a snowy trudge in the sun, though I sometimes find clouds more friendly for photo-taking.
Here I am appreciating the new Christmas hat given to me by my in-laws and the mittens they gave me last year:
Some nice winter memories that benefited from me getting out of my head and into the lightness of the moment.