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.