Highlights from Our Honeymoon

As many of you know, the Mr and I went off on another adventure last month for our honeymoon.

Japan was the destination and we did a tour via bullet train of so many amazing sights.  I’ll blog more in detail soon but here are a few highlights for you.

Japanese Macaque, Nagano

Inari Gates, Kyoto

Bamboo Grove, Kyoto

Coral Reef, Zamami Island

Over & Under, Zamami Island

Clear Waters, Zamami Island

Young Sitka Deer, Nara

Wild Woods

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

I love being in the forest. Being among the trees is instantly calming and I can feel the city-fueled tension lift from my shoulders. I always take a moment to enjoy the lush air, absorb the rich colours, and tune out the distractions that plague me when I’m caught in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

I notice more. The smells: pine, earth, grass, flowers.  The sounds: swishing trees, cracking branches, rustling bushes. The movement: falling leaves, twinkling light, twitching grass.  A cracking twig or a movement caught in my peripheral vision brings the hope that I’m nearing an encounter with wildlife.

Knapdale in the Golden Hour

Knapdale in the Golden Hour

In the past few years though, I’ve really started to treasure the forests themselves. I’ve always appreciated them, but now I look forward to capturing the trees and finding different ways to share them, hopefully inspiring others to see their beauty.

Mystical Mammoth

Mystical Mammoth

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) is a technique that I’ve come to love. Especially when photographing landscapes with trees. It feels more like painting with light ink and my paintbrush camera.

Paint the Forest

Wild Woods

Wild Woods

Glass spheres or “crystal balls” are also fun to experiment with but they take a little practice to get the shot I’m looking for.

Little Piece of Bavaria

Little Piece of Bavaria

I will continue to spend much needed time in forests and nature, hopefully finding ways to engage people to care for these essential places with images that capture their beauty.

Beauty in the Details

I love wildlife photography. But the chance to get out to a hide or into a position to photograph my favourite species isn’t always simple (or cheap!). So sometimes I need to find inspiration from the world around me.

I’m the first to admit that on some days I go out and I just can’t capture what I’m looking for.

On other days I can translate the magic that I see in the natural world through the lens. When that happens I get images like these…

A photo of a single blackberry hanging on a branch.

A photo of a very bright set of leaves with focus on one which looks like a heart

A photo of a fern leaf in winter which is brown with a light dusting of frost

A photo of an old poppy head with very shallow depth of field and green background

A photo of a spider's web with waterdroplets of morning dew on it in bright, warm morning light

There really is beauty everywhere. If you can’t see it, I find it helps to adjust your focus and look again (and again and again!).

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