While my family and I are making our transition to Lincoln, I am really enjoying the beauty I find in our yard, and the nooks and crannies I didn't notice at first. I set out on a short walk to very intentionally notice details of our outdoor space. It made me feel like a child - it was exciting! It may sound silly but I see so many potential memories and photographs in my mind when I take these walks. It feels whimsical and whimsy is one of my favorite words. :-)
The above photo is of my favorite tree. We had to cut a few down and I was so happy to learn this particular giant wasn't included. There are some fairly wooded areas nearby as well which were spotted with these pretty purple and white, and also some yellow, flowers. I was told the purple ones might be flox - I have no idea if that is how it's spelled or if it's even the correct flower but I love it. I plan to sit under the giant arms of shade this summer with my children and read. Or daydream. Or stare at flox...if it sticks around that long.
Now take your adult hat off and don't give the obvious answer to this next question...
What is more whimsical than a dandelion? I love them and now you can clearly guess who mows the lawn at my house! :-) I don't have to deal with these weeds very often and I love to blow them apart just as much as my kiddos do. In fact, my three-year-old son found one while visiting a friend of mine, offered it up to her, and had a simple request: "Make a dream."
I love that kid and his three-year-old take on life.
Spring is my second favorite season because of the magical place the scenes take me to. The blossoms and new life inspire my imagination. Does it do that for you? Here are a couple more blossoms...
I absolutely love this random garden fence. My husband was going to take it down. He was only confused by the horrified and bewildered look on my face for a moment before he realized I wanted to keep this large and strange piece of fence obstructing our yard for nothing more than a prop - but an awesome one!
And finally there is the wood pile - or for now, the large section of our yard that is being held captive by piles and piles of wood. I haven't discovered everything in our yard but I'm so excited to find more.
Is it strange that these piles of wood also lead my creative mind to a place of whimsy and imagination?
I can't wait for our next vendor shoot - I've got some ideas and I keep coming back to stories - maybe fairy tales, maybe not.
But look at those rings. When something has been around for any significant piece of time, it seems to have potential for a story.
And on the day before our first day of summer, nothing could be more exciting! Try and find some whimsy in your yard and a happy end of school to you!
"Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography."
- George Eastman
Stuff I wrote...