An artist doesn’t always need to look far for inspiration. No denying, sometimes, being somewhere new and exotic really gets the juices flowing, the heart racing, all the senses throbbing with new life and excitement. For most of us it just isn’t realistic to be traveling freely whenever the heart desires…so what’s there to do? Well, breathe, pick up the camera, open eyes wide and see!
On this particular warm and sunny day my wife and I and our dog Stan went for a walk through our neighborhood. There were lovely cumulus clouds floating in the sky so I thought, why not, bring the cam and one lens and see what happens.
As we got to this pond, I found inspiration in these reeds and reflections of the sky and clouds. I put my Fuji X-Pro1 with 35mm lens to my eye and made the composition. Ducks were eyeing me cautiously, just in case I had other intentions….
Pond with reeds and reflections of the heavens above | Washington
There are always new discoveries to be made, even if we know a place by heart. I don’t remember much else from this particular trip to Mt. Rainier National Park except walking a narrow and overgrown path through a forest of subalpine firs to find a beautiful setting. A quiet landscape of a forest pond surrounded by firs and its shores sprinkled by gorgeous blooming lupine.
Soft sunlight filtered through the trees to add a bit of a sparkle to the scene. The air was still and filled with aromas of summer forest and flowers, sweetened by the sunshine.
I have returned to this spot many times over the years, like visiting an old friend, but it has never been quite as glorious as this time. But I have missed the last couple of years…could it have been so breathtaking then? Perhaps this year God will paint it even more beautiful….
Quiet forest pond graced by lupine and sunshine | Mt. Rainier National Park, WA