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W4W theme this month is Inspiration. For my own Inspiration post, I chose a peaceful place.
I hope you followed my series on Inspiration this past week and I hope I have inspired you a bit. These posts explored how and where I get my inspiration. Working in a field that requires one to be creative all the time sometimes requires a little motivation and that is not always so easy to come by.
- Join Us Next Week for W4W
- Daily Inspiration – 2
- Inspire for Earth Day – What’s Your Place on Planet Earth?
- Daily Inspiration – 3 Beyond Earth Day
Last Year on a cloudless day.
W4W is for you to explore. I chose to show a place, but easily could have went in any direction like I stated in the previous posts.
So here goes…
A walk through the woods can almost be a religious experience, like my comparison with the post, W4W Tracery in the Landscape. You can easily get a feeling of awe and inspiration surrounded by tall trees.
An architectural trick in design it to play up the journey. By doing that, the viewer experiences mystery and a wow factor from leaving one space and entering another of drastically different feel and light. Landscape designers use this trick as well.
A walk through the woods brings you to this destination. It is a play on the contradiction of dark into light, closed space into open, and good siting of the lake where the journey of mystery becomes revealed.
Morning sun in Spring gets through the dense forest, but here is captured at the right moment as it crests the trees. This is a natural garden at the lake, brimming with wildlife. It is a place to think and dream in all the natural beauty. You can see above how only an hours difference can change the mood of the place. The little cabin is so picturesque atop the grassy berm. It is not turf grass, but natural grasses.
It is not always quiet though, with the honking chorus of the geese.
See the trees in the foreground? These are all Christmas trees that went unsold. Here they become a refuge for wildlife. Last summer, I photographed the male dragon flies that claimed them as their territory. Many are thrown in the lake for fish spawning protection. Many snapping turtles live in the pond and so do frogs. This gives the baby fish a safe place to grow and get larger.
The discarded, solitary Christmas tree inspires a short story. Can you spin a tale?
This is so sad to me that these Christmas trees went without a family at Christmas. Above, they line the banks of the lake, and will provide landing zones for the dragonflies.
The goose feather floats as the geese arrive to set up nests. Here is another story in the making. One of my favorite times of year is when the baby geese are hatched. I may be gone to NC when this occurs this year, so my tale may have to be written another year. The females are sitting on eggs now!
Unfortunately, this is a place for hunting geese, so you can imagine the story of the forlorn solitary male pining for his lady lost.
A pair arrives later in the day. Hopefully they live to produce young and the snapping turtles don’t eat the eggs or newly hatched goslings.
Really zoomed in and taking a break…
A ‘sea’ of water, after I scared off all the geese.
A ‘sea’ of green. The fields are ready for tilling. Fresh sweet corn anyone? Any images conjure up a story? Did any make you feel like you were there?
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See a local cathedral next post. Spaces like this really inspire me.