hiking in black & white plus a few inspired reads

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.

52 weeks in film—the woods, expectation

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.

52 weeks in film—the woods, float

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.

52 weeks in film—the woods, shudder

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.

52 weeks in film—the woods, climb

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.

52 weeks in film—the woods, mushrooms

What’s inspiring you today?


  1. says

    I especially like shot #3- the tree looks like a ghost hovering in the middle of the woods. Today, I’m inspired by the light coming through my rain-soaked window. Looks like stormy weather is settling in for the weekend, and I’m looking forward to embracing in in my photography. Wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day with your little guy!

  2. says

    Thanks so much for the kind mention! I appreciate the other links as well—and I also loved Kelsey’s rhubarb post.
    Pretty pictures. Hooray for tromping through the woods with loved ones.

    • ArtandLemons says

      You’re welcome, Sarah and thanks for your comment! Your blog is a favorite of mine as I always feel like there is an open spot for me at your table spread with any number of inviting dishes.

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