Yesterday, I took a day trip with a group from church. We headed to the Everglades, to the Loop Road in the Big Cypress Nature Preserve. We stopped along the way to take pictures and/or enjoy the natural world.
You might imagine a church group stopping to pray or handle snakes or something like that. Nope. We're Lutherans. If we prayed, we did it silently.
It was good to be away from the city, away from the office, outside. We were lucky that the weather was a bit overcast, and not as humid as it has been.
I found myself once again appreciative of God as creator. What diversity! And that's just in our little patch of the country. When I consider the whole planet, my heart sings, and my artist self wants to pick up her markers, her fabrics, and every other creative medium.
I was also interested in seeing everyone's artistic process up close. I know how I take pictures. But I've never been in a group taking pictures.
Here's what I learned:
--I tend to take a few pictures and assume I'm done. Because I was with a group, I stood staring more than I would have on my own. I appreciated the browns and greens.
The image above is blurry, but I like it anyway. We got home with lots of pictures that look like Impressionist paintings.
--We didn't see much wildlife. We were too big a group. Plus, it was late in the season for birdwatching. We did see more alligators in one day than I've ever seen. Plus a group of them:
--I don't tend to let things in nature be themselves. For example, I saw the below, and I said, "That looks like a statue. Or an angel who has lost her wings. Look at the red and green plants above--don't they look like wings?"
--Here's a close up of a wood knob, where I saw a face that I didn't see when I was staring at it from the creekside. It's interesting to get home and see what I didn't realize I was seeing through the camera lens:
--On the way back, my pastor talked about his journey through camera equipment. He mentioned some prices--yikes! And I thought my new markers were expensive.
The day turned out to be a bit longer than I expected. We didn't get home until almost 4. But it was worth it. I felt restored and refreshed--and looking forward to more art inspired by the trip.
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