A visit from spring

Storm in the meadow

It smells like spring here in the Bogs today.  Earthy, wet, and warm.  Most of the snow has melted, some of it making its way downhill and into the pond.  The wind has been wild and powerful, growing stronger throughout the day.

Rainy day abstract

Winter will be returning tonight.  The temperature will plummet from the 50s into the 20s.  Rain will change to snow.  What a contrary winter it has been, warm and cold battling it out every week.

I like the way the wind and rain blur the photos I took this morning.  The sheets of rain traveling across the water look like an artist’s brush strokes against the woods at the back of the pond.

I used some of the photos in this post for today’s small stone (Rainy day abstracts).  The small stones have become my morning pages.  I meander around for a while before I sit down to write, taking in the first impressions of the day.  Sometimes I grab my camera and take some photos to help me along later.  Sometimes I sit down to write first and then get ideas for images to go with the words.

Friend and blogmate Kathy over at reinventing the event horizon recently mentioned that she would be interested in reading about the creative process and how it works for me.  I have struggled with that topic a few times.  I wasn’t sure why until the other day when I realized it was because I usually don’t pay attention.  Because photography is visual, I don’t think about it.  I see.  I frame.  I shoot.  It is an aspect of me.

Frost on fungi. 11 January 2012. There is no frost today. Just rain and thawing.

Paying attention this morning, it was interesting to discover that it isn’t as automatic as I think.  I pick up a thread, a theme, and off I go for the day to work with it and see how I can create something with whatever caught my attention in the morning.

Another frosty shot from last week.

Lots of chores go on as part of the creative process.  Since I’m home alone for most of the day, lots of silence, too.

And yet another frosty image.

Thanks for stopping by the Bogs and visiting with me today as I begin to meander through the creative process.  And thank you to Kathy for suggesting the topic.   Tomorrow might bring some physical meanderings if the expected snow develops.  Perhaps a walk in the woods or a hike at a nearby park.  We’ll have to wait and see what the wind blows in tonight.

34 Comments on “A visit from spring”

  1. “Frost on Fungi” is gorgeous!

    I like the quiet of my neighborhood. Although I’m in the middle of a city, I’m well off the street. I think some silence in the day is a necessity.

  2. I love the photos! Yes anything with Spring in the title is intriguing but yes it is also just a brief visit since warm and cold seem to be in an ongoing battle daily!

  3. Kieran Hamilton says:

    I love the artistic abstracts, robin. I love the frosty fungi even more though, nice work 🙂

  4. Every one of these was stunning.. I think one reminds me of an impressionist painting.

  5. Kathy says:

    Good evening, Robin, and thank you for sharing your world once again. For sharing a bit of your creative process, how it comes up organically. How you ponder paying attention. How cool that Kathy sparked these musings on your blog.

    • Robin says:

      You’re welcome, Kathy. And thank you. 🙂

      I’m so glad that Kathy asked me about the creative process so that I could become more aware of what I do. It’s been interesting.

  6. milkayphoto says:

    “Frost on Fungi” – awesome!

  7. Wow, Robin. Thanks so much for taking this up. And thanks for the shout-out.

    It’s interesting that you weren’t sure about your process but you discovered you had more of one than you thought. I think I might be hard-pressed to describe my visual process, as well, but with writing, it’s clear to me. I hadn’t even thought about it being different until you said what you did.

    Thanks again, Robin!


  8. The first 4 pix are the ones I’d vote for – like all of them – but these “abstracts”. Enjoyed the visit (and I remember that earthy spring smell)

  9. cidnlars says:

    Another great journey! Beautifully done.

  10. ehpem says:

    Robin – these are terrific. My favourites are the first two and the frosty funghi. But they are all really nice.

  11. Thanks for these, no matter the process…I’m missing my camera-time, and my quiet-time acutely today…

  12. ladyfi says:

    What gorgeous abstract shots!

  13. That “frost on fungi” photo is AMAZING! Glad you captured it before it all melted.

  14. Joni says:

    I too believe winter is playing games with us here! Good to visit your site and have you come by & “like” one of my posts! thanks…

  15. jane tims says:

    Hi Robin. I went to your other site and love the ‘small stones’. You are an imaginative poet! I love the ‘superstitions’ poem! Jane

  16. Dana says:

    The Frost on Fungi shot is one of my all-time favourite photos on your blog, I think! So amazing!

    It’s interesting to hear your reflections on Kathy’s question re: your creative process. I’m sure the process is different for everybody, but it’s neat to know that you have more of a systematic process than you originally thought.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Dana. I like that shot too. It was one of those surprising things I found while out on my walk. It was almost hidden in the meadow and I might have missed it if my eyes hadn’t gone in that direction at just the right time. 🙂

  17. Love the last shot!

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