"May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love." - Ada V. Hendricks ....and may you have lots of snow to play in!
So....I've been encouraged to tell the rest of the story....I got lost in the woods skiing this evening....and, I'd forgotten my cell phone. Somehow I got disoriented when it got dark. Not to worry....just follow the trail. Except it's snowing faster and harder and the trail is disappearing. Uh-oh. Time to call in a higher power....and guess what? Just then a lone cc skiier rounded the corner and pointed me in the right direction....I was about 2 miles out and going the wrong way deeper into the woods! So, there you have it....but, tomorrow I'll bring the cell phone. :)
Another beautiful evening with a gorgeous full moon......only thing missing was the water.
Someday, I want to photograph a kayaker on the winter water with the snow falling - and maybe a few shots with a wreath (with a red bow) on the bow (front) of the kayak...and then, maybe, try the same shot with little Christmas lights around the cockpit....and if an eagle would land on the kayak just as I squeezed the shutter.....and the moon would be full, of course.... :)
Safe Places. More and more I find that I paddle alone now. The summer kayakers went home. If I am quiet (and perfect my paddle stroke!) I can hear the music of the trees along the shoreline. I struggle with the weight of my kayak, and at times the winds are stronger than my skills; but there are places that I need to get to - places that remain wild. Safe places to wait out a storm. Natural places for a peaceful spirit. Good places that must be protected. Hickory Ridge is such a place. There are other places too, of course - but I need a plane and a week off to get there. :)
A New Discovery. Thank you Jeff!
Bill Mason's film based on Holling Clancy Holling's classic book, Paddle to the Seais available online (free). Made available through the National Film Board of Canada.
It's a wonderful book about imagination and adventure...and how if you believe in something it can happen. A small kayak (okay, canoe - but this is the only weak point of the book :) is carved by a young Indian boy and makes a journey from Lake Superior to the Atlantic Ocean - I think it probably happened.....
When your style of photography changes, it usually isn't because of a conscious decision. Styles change naturally when people become bored with their old ways of doing things or excited by new prospects. - MarkRaymon, Fine Art Photography