Like birds I just love Gravillea flowers. Birds just love their sweet nectar and I just love their sweat elegant unique look. I had to try and get a painterly photo of this one, it just looked so beautiful. I think I will call it Gravillea twirls, I just love its shape. As I walk the gardens under the gloominess of the sky, and the threatening rain clouds, still I discover beauty all around me. Once again I find myself trying to make my flowers look painterly, I am certainly drawn to this look.
This time I got quiet distracted by birds, and found myself chasing them with my camera. Capturing birds is something I am not very good at, and I love the challenge, they are much too quick for me. Whilst I seem to find it easy to take photo’s of flowers, trying to get a interesting picture of birds seem very difficult to me. Note: this adventure to Australian Gardens each week is about developing my photography skills, and even sharing those images that are not as good of quality as I would like. I believe with time and practice this will change. It is like Julia Cameron said in her book Letters to a Young Artist, about doing bad work. The idea that doing the work is more important than not doing anything, because doing bad work eventually leads to doing good work. Good work doesn’t happen overnight, we need to practice, develop our skills and actually create work. This picture reminds me, that I need to take a lot more photo’s of birds, before I can get good at capturing great bird images.
The weather has been Wintery Wild lately, windy, chilly, wet and very gloomy looking, the sort of weather I would sooner be inside with a heater than out in the cold. This has made it hard to get out to the gardens. I have made excuses, like it is too cold, my camera doesn’t like rain, and I will get blown away. Then I reminded myself, I wanted to go to the gardens every week, to experience all the seasons, and the changing nature of the gardens.
What would help me get out side on those chilly Winter days?
- My Beanie, scarf, and coat
- My cool looking floral umbrella
- Walking with a friend
- My camera and the chance to take photo’s
- Knowing that I will feel better for it once I push myself out the door.
- The chance to jump in puddles.
I think I am going to have to work a little bit more I finding ways to encourage my self to leave the comfort of a warm building to get out into nature more on these cold chilly days.
What helps you get outside on those cold chilly days?
Wishing you a wonderful day!