When I first started photoblogging, my intent was to upload a post nearly daily, to force myself to pick my camera up and fire the shutter as often as possible. I figured that if I made myself pick up my camera frequently, my photography would naturally have to improve.
I was right. What I didn’t bargain on, however, was how difficult it would be to find subject matter to shoot on a daily basis. In addition, by making the results of my efforts public, I was forced to not only ensure that I had an image to share, but that there was variety in what I shared. I mean, I think my kid is the cutest thing in the world, but even she got bored of seeing herself constantly on my site.
On one particularly frustrating day this past May, I grabbed my camera and decided to go out into my garden (again) to see if there was anything interesting to shoot (again). Our home is 50 years old and has a very mature garden — my husband and I have contributed very little to its foliage. On this day, I found myself going into a dark little corner I’d never investigated before … and came upon the blossom you see above. I’d never seen anything like it, and was thrilled with all the colour and texture that was right there before me, waiting to be captured.
These days, as we beginning counting down to a new year, it dawns on me that perhaps I should consider adopting the same approach in all aspects of my life: maybe, as I contemplate my goals for 2009 (and beyond), achieving them might just be a matter of (a) sticking with it, and (b) daring to explore experiences and opportunities I’d never investigated before. Hmm.
Something to think about. Perhaps I’ll keep the image above near me as a reminder.
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