Cloud walker. One who lives in the cloud of their own imagination or dreams, or one who does not abide by the precepts of society, literature, or art. Nefelibata is derived from the Portuguese words “nephele” (cloud) and batha (a place where you can walk).
Today’s moment was a happy glimpse of the sun beaming through the trees on an otherwise wet and dreary winter day. It wasn’t warm, but it certainly put a smile on my face.
My spirit is uplifted when spending time in nature – a great way to start the day. Something I need, and I need to do more of. When I don’t commune with nature, I start forgetting that I need it. It’s not just me. Time spent in nature – even our own backyards – benefits our health, physically, spiritually, and psychologically.
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he[she] seeks.” ― John Muir
I have visited this spot several times since starting this project on December 1 and today was the first time Mount Hood was fully visible. This view is a few minutes’ drive and about a 30-minute walk (uphill, and longer if you stop to take pictures of all the glorious nature) from my home. The mountain isn’t in view until you are practically facing it, so it can be fun to take people up here and surprise them.
Something is technically not right about this shot and I don’t know enough to know what or why. My gut tells me I shouldn’t be seeing reds and blues, like a pair of 3D movie glasses. My gut also loves this shot!
My brain googled (in the comfort of my home, not the snow). Color noise is what I’m seeing and it’s due to a high ISO of 3200. After I took this shot, I changed ISO from auto to 100 to “just see” what it would do. (I’m in an auto-mode learning mode.) Each of those shots did not have color noise! But they were blurry. The lower ISO also lowered the shutter speed, keeping the lens open longer to allow more light to pass through. I do not have a steady hand for longer exposures. I think a tripod would have solved this dilemma! I also think I should turn auto ISO off.
So clearly my gut chose this shot for my brain to learn something! Well, relearn. Photography has not been a consistent hobby over the years. One of my goals with this project is to make it a consistent hobby and stop relearning!
Today was one of those days. I took about 200 photos, mainly trying to get a shot of something pictured in my mind. It did not work out. That’s how I learn – try to figure out why it didn’t work and how to make it work next time – so while it’s frustrating, it’s merely a growing pain.
I’m surprised by the pink hue. This image is direct from the camera, shot in sRGB, and no editing. It was raining and about 4:30 pm. For locals, you can see this shed on the right side of the road up to Scouters Mountain Nature Park.
Today, I used my first DSLR. Although it’s nearly 13 years old, heavier, and slower, I still like the photographs it produces. I rarely use it as it can be cumbersome. I have a feeling it’s not done teaching me new things.
A quick snap from the balcony at work before the remnants of the setting sun darkened for the night.
The forest invites you to come inside and see what’s beyond the horizon. Walk along the path beneath the trees’ protective arms stretched above, and find what awaits you.
In some Slavic countries, the New Year is celebrated with Ded Moroz (Old Man Frost) and his granddaughter Snegurka (Snow Maiden). The tradition of Christmas was banned in Soviet Russia, but celebrating the New Year was allowed in 1935.
From what I can tell, it was at this time the two mythical characters teamed up and Snegurka became granddaughter to Ded Moroz, joining him to help deliver presents to children.
Pictured is my daughter and her adorable bunny, Joey Smokes.