Lens-Artist: Motion

I have fond memories of watching the motion of the flames of a campfire as we settle down getting ready to go to bed. Maybe sipping a cup of tea or decaf coffee with a bit of Bailey’s Irish Cream. This activity is nice connection between the motion of day and the motion of nature.

I must be thinking about camping a lot because I keep going back to the photos of previous years when we did take camping trips, some as short as a few days and others as long a 5 weeks. When I think of these trips I experience a contented feeling of being in gentle motion. We plan an easy breakfast on travel days and gently work together to close up camp. We have done this a long time so our motions are in tandem, knowing what each of us has to do and which tasks can be picked up by whoever has the time. I can’t take a photo of it because a snapshot in time wouldn’t get the job done and get us on the road.

We love to travel down two-lane highways where traffic is light and there are lots of things to see. Sometimes we stop for me to take photographs but mostly we stay in motion. The next photograph was taken along a road, in New England, going through a wooded area with birch trees. I was having fun practicing with different shutter speeds (what I controlled) as Jim drove at varying speeds (what he controlled).

Writing this post also has me thinking about the connection between motion and emotion. I love the excitement of watching the motion of waves pounding the shore of the Pacific Ocean and hearing the roar of the ocean’s power.

On the other hand I am calmed by the movement inherent in the sand, evidence that the ocean’s (Pacific) water has been there, or maybe from the motion of the wind that we cannot see nor photograph. We can only photograph evidence of the wind’s presence.

Usually my favorite place in the motion of nature is illustrated in the next photograph. This is the lower Tahquamenon Fall in late summer. The motion of water flowing over a rock cliff creates excitement but my temperament enjoys viewing from a distance – within the cool green of wooded areas where motion is usually slowed to a calm.

It has been a lot of fun this past week thinking about motion and photography, and travel and emotion. Thank you, Patti, for this Lens-Artist Challenge.

17 thoughts on “Lens-Artist: Motion

    • Thanks. Yes, it does seem like a dreary time and I do have hope for the future – but I fear that we have to go through some very dark days before we reach the light. At this point I seem to either see “through a glass dimly” or I am avoiding trying to see into the future at all. I would like to live out my final years with kindness, grace and joy, in a world that sometimes seems to lack all of these.


    • Thanks, Anne. I like that one too, especially because it has always rained when we visited Tahquamenon over the past 50 years. On the day I took this photo it was cloudy and a little rain drizzled out of clouds but I was able to take photos. šŸ™‚


  1. I’m not into camping but I enjoyed your description of breaking camp, and loved your photo of the trees as you passed. The waves and sand too, and the waterfall – beautiful examples of nature in motion šŸ™‚


    • Thanks, Sarah. The way you travel is very close to how we camp although accommodations are different. Probably a big difference. LOL We love the accommodation part.


    • Can I assume “a longggg hot shower?” We get a hot show in our trailer but can’t be long unless it is for one night. Full hook-ups are usually available in the private campgrounds we stay in but sometimes the sewage is too far away.


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