I'm always looking for excuses to get out into the landscape, but its more of a matter of necessity than simply for a break. I have to refresh the "idea" pile!
I've told Georgie more than once that I have more ideas than I have time for, but a strange thing happens to many of these Ideas...they don't keep! Its kind of like putting a perfectly fine loaf of bread in the fridge...only to let it sit way too long; weeks later its only good for raising penicillin! The same thing (well, sort of) happens to all those great ideas too...they get lost in the "mold" of life! Sometimes (rarely) the mold can be scrapped of and the idea is salvageable, but usually the idea is far from pleasing any longer and it is expelled into the abyss of the back of my mind somewhere.
But last Saturday - the last day of June (MG what happens with this "time thing" any more!!?????), I got up before the sun and headed out to a private hillside prairie and after photographing some nice prairie forbs (flowers) I headed down to the creek below.
This was Waterman Creek, the same little stream across the road from the studio...my favorite little prairie "creek" of the neighborhood. The sky turned out to be too bland for landscape "photography" this mornning however, it was hazed over by smoke from the fires out west (Our prayers go out to everyone affected!). But the creek was a good alternative..the landscape is "down" in among the banks and trees, leaving the sky as a more secondary element. I still didn't see very good opportunities for a "photographic" landscape but have to admit I have more ideas for paintings and drawings now! Have to do something with them though so they don't get all moldy somewhere sitting in the back of my mind before I can use them!
I like walking streams...usually a good deal of wading is in order though, but on a "close" humid summer morning, when the breeze is hard to find, a walk in the water cools the spirit as much as the feet. Oh, I do wear my hip boots, but they both leak...I don't mind when its hot, kind of like a built in cooling system.
I often plant my tripod in the stream bed and video tape the scenery...I love the birds singing nearby, along with the water; its incredibly pleasant...I feel my blood pressure ease and the troubles of the world fade away. I thought I'd share just a few minutes of that with you through the video above. It may help you see where my head is, and maybe understand how I approach my work. If you subscribe to this blog via email, you can go directly to the video via the following link - http://youtu.be/6f8oqe68WJw
Keep cool this summer and don't miss the music!