On a recent rainy afternoon, I gathered all of my little treasures from around the house and put them together into a labeled box. I had dragonfly wings and wasp honeycombs in jars, fallen oak and gingko leaves pressed between pages of a book, and crow feathers in a vase. (I also have enough acorns to last the winter.) All for safe-keeping until I found a permanent place to store them. I still have no idea what to do with these things but at least I know where to find them now!
This year, it was warm enough to spend Thanksgiving (mostly) outdoors. We had dinner at the cottage with family, visited a pumpkin patch and attended a pet rescue fundraiser with friends. Not all in one day, mind you; that’s the beauty of long weekends! Hope you enjoyed yours as well! ~xo
I did some tinkering one afternoon during an unusually long nap (thank goodness for those!) and it yielded some still-lifes I’m really happy with. I used the hydrangeas that I collected back in August, which have faded to a pretty pale lavender. I found the cicada wings at the park one day; one of those things I’m never prepared to carry home.
It all felt very zen (maybe I was riding high on the idea of a napping child) and it got me thinking about still-life vs. outdoor nature photography, which is my usual approach. Of course there are pros and cons to each, but here are just a few things I like about each.
Still Life Photography
-collecting objects from outside
-creating an arrangement
-relaxing and reflective
-can be done indoors
-can be picked up and put aside easily
Outdoor Nature Photography
-involves going outside
-exploring the environment
-requires concentration and quick thinking
-light is always changing
-seasons are always changing
-always a surprise!