I wonder if we remember what it means to really observe something.
[observe: 1. to see, watch, perceive, or notice. 2. to regard with attention, esp. so as to see or learn something.]
Last week I braved the 10-degree weather, camera in hand, to step outside and pay close attention to any details in nature that I thought might inspire. A hundred or so photos later, and hands so cold I kept dropping the camera, I came inside and loaded the photos onto my computer. I wanted to observe.
So much in nature is intrinsically fascinating to me. The details, the surfaces, the close-up wonders of it all. Even in the dead of winter when at a glance everything seems cold and dreary. There is so much to be learned and absorbed from taking the time to be inspired by it all.
And inspired I have been. Here is the first project I created using my nature photos as inspiration...
...and here is the source of my inspiration...
Do you see it? Can you tell what I've 'copied' from nature? Isn't it fun?
And if you don't see it, that's okay. Inspiration works that way. It's something that's so clear to one and not at all there for another. Part of the beauty of it if you ask me.
My hope is that I've inspired you a bit to grab your camera and head outside. Look at every detail through new eyes. See what inspires.