It’s always exciting to find out. Will we go up the road on our walk…or down the road? When we decide to take a walk here in the Northwoods without snowshoes or skis in February, we have two choices. Up the road or down the road.
I like to see which way the feet decide to go. In the “old days” I used to think about it a lot. Which way, which way? Which would be the better walk? I would mentally debate the pros and cons. Later, maybe ten years ago, I would look for “signs”. A hawk in the sky toward the lake meant it was a down-the-road walk. Chickadees chirping toward the west indicated an up-the-road-walk.
Some time in the last five years I simply gave up and let the feet decide. They could travel east or west. The mental decision faded away. It would be an adventure! The feet rule!
Once you give up deciding which way to walk, it’s sometimes interesting to cease pondering what to photograph. You just let the camera decide. If it wants to photograph a particular group of dried wildflowers in the snow–well, that’s fine. If it wants to photograph the sky and trees, super-duper. It usually comes up with better ideas than the chattering mind anyway.
A couple days ago, the camera did something utterly unimaginable. I am still not over it. Can you imagine what the camera did?
Have you guessed yet? The camera nudged me over to the back of the sign and suggested, “Here, take a photo through one of the holes on the sign post.”
What? Camera, what are you talking about?
(But of course you can’t talk back to the camera. They are inanimate objects, right? So you approach very slowly and peer through the holes on the sign post. You wonder–briefly–what a passerby might think of this scene. Would they think the walker has gone crazy? Peering through the holes on a sign…taking a picture?)
However, secretly, you grin with glee. The camera was right! Who ever would have thought to peer through the holes on a sign post and view the world in a brand-new way?
In this world of so many options, so many new sights to see, how can we ever claim boredom? Simply let your feet and camera guide you–and have the courage to look in new ways. Let creativity guide you. You will be astounded, I promise you.
What a lovely blog! Thank you! 🙂
Thank you, Martha. This tickled my funny bone.
Kathy – I love your sense of whimsy!
Laurie, you are the second person recently who called me whimsical. Had to look it whimsy: odd, fanciful, quaint, light or unusual. Yep, that about covers it. LOL!
Not weird at all, but very creative!!! Next time I go out with my camera I will have to listen to its voice and try some different angles. Great post!! I am really enjoying your blog alot!!!
Annie, I am so glad you are enjoying. Glad to inspire you to try new angles and to listen to your camera. Let me know if it tells you anything really wild. 🙂
Yep, if you let go of control you usually end up with phenomenal results! Hard to do though.
Dawn, if I lived in a city it would take much more nerve to try some of these odd things. When you’re in the middle of a deserted north-country road, it’s much easier to feel a little freer. (I know I wouldn’t have done this in downtown L’Anse, that’s for sure…)
Oh go ahead and do it in downtown L’Anse…I bet you’d be surprised at how little attention you got! And if you DID? Well it’s just another way of sharing your whimsicality!
I love the picture! It is very very good and very very artistic! I love your website! Thanks for another perspective on the world, and a good one at that!
Love your name…The Happy Peasant! Thank you for your kind words…and it was lovely stopping by your blog, as well. Glad you enjoyed the “different” perspective.
Great effect! Good idea, camera! 🙂
The camera chirps up, “Thank you, Emma! It was fun!”
What an intelligent camera you have! Good camera! Clever camera! 🙂 And I love the idea of letting your feet decide which way THEY want to walk. I thought that they might always take me the easy roads, the ones that are level and easy and familiar, but surprisingly often, they don’t want to stick to the familiar at all!
Reggie, a teacher suggested this back in 1999…going on walks where one’s feet become the leaders. I have taken her suggestion to heart. You would think that the feet would stay on the easy and familiar, but no. They seem to like to explore!
By the way, I just finished your wonderful little book: Gold Mines, Elephants and Foefie Slides about your weekend adventure on the Garden Route in South Africa. What a fun little book!! Reggie, it was thoroughly entertaining. Thank you so much for sending it. A delightful weekend read…
Gives us a whole new perspective! It’s stimulating to see things differently…
Barbara, that’s what it is. Stimulating. When we see things differently, it’s such an exciting rush. The world presents itself in a new way. So glad you understand.
Fun blog today! I’m getting really ready for the snow to be out of the woods and trails so I can vary my walking routine!
Cindy, I know JUST what you mean. It is such a delight when the snow melts enough and we are free again to bound in and out of the woods without effort. Do the dogs stay out of the deep snow or do they bound in and out, mindless of whether a path exists or not?
Thanks for visiting Small Reflections and leaving the link back here. I enjoyed looking around your blog and this post is delightful. It’s nice to meet you, virtually speaking.
Hugs and blessings,
Dear happilyretired, thank YOU for coming over here & visiting. I liked your blog. Hopefully we will connect again in this virtual world. Hugs back! Kathy
I thought I was the only one who liked to take photos through holes and other unusual apertures – glad I’ve found a kindred spirit! I was in Eagle Harbor this summer visiting my best friend at her childhood home. (I have it filed under “friendship” on my Blog.) What a scenic, spectacular wilderness you inhabit! (If only it didn’t take me so long to travel there – which is why it’s probably still so pristine!). I’ve read through several of your posts – hope to visit again.
Barb…another kindred spirit? Another hole-gazer? This is so exciting! How fun that you were up here visiting Eagle Harbor this summer. So glad you enjoyed our wilderness and maybe you’ll come back again some day. (Both to the blog and to the Upper Peninsula!)
A wonderful idea, whoever had it!
Thanks, Pamela! 🙂
Why do these views through the hole seem more interesting than the others? Maybe because you wonder a bit more about the photographer and where they were standing when they snapped the camera. It brings that other dimension into the image.
That is such an interesting pondering, Amy. After all, it’s simply an “ordinary” view seen through a hole. Perhaps it ignites our feeling that we’re peeking into a different dimension?