On a Sunday afternoon in April, three of us went for a hike near the apple orchard and market where we buy cider doughnuts every fall. I carried a pack of essential supplies including two cameras, snacks (homemade granola bars and oranges), and water on my back. David and I walked on the Robert Frost trail and circled uphill about a mile until Luke, napless, looked as if he was about to lose his cool. Still thinking about surface textures, less abstractions this time, I photographed bark curls and moss patches in black and white as David carried Luke on his shoulders back down the trail. Sun burst through clouds in intermittent flashes. One minute the sky was clouded in a backdrop of gray and the next it was bright angled light, a challenge to shoot in given that an impending meltdown was ahead. Or so I misjudged. Luke was a trooper. He made it back to the picnic area, walking part of the way, riding the other part. We had our snack without much fanfare and I as I peeled one orange after another, the trail head emptied and filled with a similar color as the fruit. There is a sort of forgetting and acceptance that happens in the woods. We lose the collection of daily must dos and haves that persist in our brains as we simultaneously find the reserve of truth looming around us. It's as if our brains key into the wireless past, a slow quiet that lets creative impulses through, not unlike the light bursts. I've written about this elsewhere, but I'm reminded on a regular basis of the need to step away from my desk at least once a day with a notebook and camera. While I can't fit a daily hike into my schedule, I can step away from the computer and still practice writing and photography craft, often with a new perspective. Plus inspired reads and creative journals of late: Get creative with the Open Day Book (an interactive calendar with daily references to artists that is part datebook, sketchbook and daily art journal). Return to The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp again and again. An inspired post by Kasey of Turntable Kitchen about supporting each others work and successes along with a recipe for cardamom and nutmeg waffles with minted strawberries, bonus! Show up as you are (plus vanilla bean rhubarb oatmeal), a terrific reminder from Kelsey at Happyolks). Love this encouraging post by Sarah, To Be of Use over at her blog, The Yellow House. What's inspiring you today?