I usually do my Camera Walking by myself, since I walk daily and early in the morning. I enjoy my time alone with my camera. I am present and focused on finding photos to capture. It is a restorative time and one that I like to protect.
But walking with friends brings a different dimension to my Camera Walking. First it is a way to catch up, venture out to new walking areas, and get good exercise. Often we end up walking farther than planned.
I walk with several friends when we can find the time. For the last three years my good friend Dina and I walk every 4-6 weeks. We plan our walks, research new areas to explore, meet somewhere close to our walking location for breakfast, and then head out.
We have traveled north of Seattle to walk in the tulip fields.
And have walked Sam Smith Park to Lake Washington through the tunnel, as well as climbed the stairs above it finding new neighborhoods to appreciate.
Last fall we went to the Mercer Slough Nature Park in Bellevue, bordered on one side by blueberry fields. It provided a different Camera Walking view and experience.
This weekend we decided to go to Kubota Gardens in South Seattle. It is a 20 acre landscape that is very walkable and a wonderful place to capture photos.
Although the sky was threatening rain and was very grey, we had good light to capture the colors of the garden.
And to find treasures along the way.
Throughout the garden there are a variety of ways to experience the beauty, such as this bridge over one of the many ponds.
I love taking photos of flowers, but I have to admit that I don’t know the names of many. Dina is a gardener and when I stopped to take a photo she could share the names of the flowers and other flora. An added benefit!
Walking with your friends is a good way to spend a morning or afternoon. Make time to go out Camera Walking with your friends, regardless if they like taking photos. From my experience they just need a bit of patience for the stops you make to capture a photo. However, most of my friends seem to appreciate the photos that I share with them as a memory of our time together.
So call a friend, grab your camera, and go explore a new walk in your area to reap the benefits of friendship, health, fitness and creativity.