Friday was the first day of Spring, although in many parts of our county you wouldn’t know it. Here in the Pacific Northwest Spring arrived a month early, and we have been enjoying the cherry blossoms all around us.
Before I was a Camera Walker, I used to have mixed feelings about the seasons. Summer was good as long as it didn’t get too hot. I loved Fall’s golden light (I guess I understood the importance of light even then), and warm, dry days. Winter was fine, as long as it didn’t snow since Seattle is impossible to get around when it snows. But I didn’t like Spring, because one day it would nice, then next cold, then rain, etc., making it very difficult to know how to dress.
But now I appreciate the beauty that each season brings, especially Spring, as it feels like a new beginning, giving my walks fresh photo and health opportunities. To take advantage of this season from its early arrival to the onset of Summer, here are a couple of ideas to help you spring into action.
Walk daily: If you have been dealing with very cold, wet or snowy days, and have had to exercise in a gym, now is the time to go outdoors. Studies have shown that walking in nature reduces stress, can lower inflammation and boost your immune system, as well as you will get a better exercise outdoors than indoors. And the wonder of Spring is that every day there is new growth to capture and enjoy.
Be prepared – wear layers: Because the weather is changeable, have several layers and your rain gear handy. This time of year you can start out your walk with the sun shining and end it under rain clouds.
Capture Spring emerging: Watching the buds burst open on the trees, and the flowers coming through the ground with grand colors is inspiring. It is a reminder that there is a cycle to life, and every Spring brings opportunities for new beginnings.
Experiment with different lenses: Taking a wide-angle shot of a field of flowers can tell a story, such as the one below from our state’s tulip festival. The contrasting colors of the sky and daffodils, with people wandering through the field caught my eye.
My love of photography began when I started taking close up shots of flowers. I enjoy walking around the city, rain or shine, taking photos of our rich flora.
Although I prefer taking my DSLR on my walks, my phone is with me all the time, so I bought a set of lenses for my iPhone. My favorite one is the macro lens.
To celebrate this first full week of Spring, grab your camera and go out Camera Walking. Remember, in between the stops you make to take photos, walk briskly. Not only will you go farther, you will reap more health benefits. Let us know what makes Spring a great season for you by commenting below, posting on our Facebook page, or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.