by Malinda VanDyne imagesbyvandyne.com
What about landscapes draws you to them?
Is it difficult to overcome the urge to kick off your shoes and run across a field of blooming clover? Does the sunlight dancing on a pool of water captivate you so much that you begin to walk toward it? I admit to thoughts like those.
Rather than lose control of the situation, I let my camera be my intermediary. If I can visually capture nature calling me, I not only avoid possible embarrassment, I create a means to relive the memory.
For instance, something about this curved waterfall mesmerized me. It was a challenge to my self-control to not dive into the water. My camera saved me. As I look at the ropey strands of water in the photo, my mind returns to the experience of gazing at the waterfall
Can you imagine the sensation of touching a fuzzy plant? That’s what my camera allowed me to do with this plant from a distance. Now, I have a memory to revisit with the bonus of knowing I did not damage the plant by touching it.
This is why I enjoy landscape photography. I can appreciate nature without being intrusive. My reward is an assortment of photos that let me repeatedly enjoy nature.
For some reason, there are many strange growths on the trees in this little forest. At first glance, I thought these were mushrooms. Upon looking again, I think they are a type of tree growth.
Somehow, this tree deformity reminded me of walking in a magic forest.
If you have no need to use roads or sidewalks, you may find much to appreciate about a snow storm. Which of these can you appreciate about snow storms?
- The sense of quiet and tranquility that occurs when snow covers everything
- Recreational opportunities such as sledding and building snow people
- Opportunities for some nice photographs
Certainly, there can be too much of a good thing. Let’s just talk about those times when we’ve found a happy medium.
When I think of bridges, it’s not the spectacular tributes to human ingenuity that first come to mind. It’s the small bridges surrounded by greenery that I see. There is something quiet and inviting about them. They seem to be waiting for me to stroll across them.
When it comes to life’s passages, it’s always better with a trusty companion. Those times when you are naturally in-step are priceless.
Inside of Powell Gardens, you can find this small wedding chapel. Its simple structure uses natural building materials and integrates into the landscape.