One of the unavoidable benefits of dog ownership is "walkies". Each morning Kettu and I head out on an adventure. Luckily we are both morning folk. She wants desperately to get caught up on the "P-mail" that has been left recently and I love the quiet newness each dawn brings to the earth. Not to mention, that it is often the only bearable time to be out of doors during summer in Virginia!
The dew is fresh, the birds are singing, and the only other people around are the runners and other dog walkers. So numerous waves and knowing nods also occur. I do take my phone. It is for getting back into the building when I realize I left my keys upstairs, and to take photos. Kettu has learned that when I stop to take photos, she often has almost unlimited sniff time, so it works for both of us.
Here are a few of my recent early morning shots.
Photography has always been something I love. IMHO there is no better way to train your eye to compose than through the lens. It will teach you to take a photo that is "about" something; not just "of" something. It will slow you down and make you observe. It will make you do as Mary Oliver suggests: "Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." Everything you do with photography will transfer to any other medium you choose. So here I will be posting photos that I take and the reasons (if any!) behind them.
Let's start with last night. There was an incredible sunset. But, this being Virginia, there was no where to pull over and photo it when it was visible, and too many tree when I could stop. So here are some quick shots taken out the car window. In one you can see the reflection on a small pond. That pond, along with the cows that are often surrounding it, is one of my favorite scenes and I get to drive past it at least once a week. Thus, I have included a day-time image of that pond too! The deer are always around, but rarely stick around after the car lights hit them.