Nature truly heals me. Especially during autumn. It is my favorite season and for me it’s the time of the year when I feel like everything is starting over and a new chapter begins. Summer has come to an end, autumn equinox has passed and we’ve bid the light goodbye. It’s time to harvest, thank the earth for this year and prepare for winter and the upcoming darkness.
As for myself, I look back at the year that has passed and reflect about what I’ve been through. I think about what I am grateful for and what has been sad or hard. I prepare to slow down and relax as winter approaches, so that I too can come out strong and refreshed when spring arrives.
I have been very busy lately with work and travels which, even though it’s fun, takes up a lot of energy. This has led to me feeling tired and as a result of that also less creative and inspired. One of the bigger projects I have been working on is coming to an end and so yesterday I decided to take a break and head outside for a walk.
What felt as 15 minutes spent outside was in reality more like two hours. It’s amazing how just being outside makes my mind relax, recharges my batteries and restores my creativity and inspiration.
As I walked through a forest wonderfully colored in deep hues of green, brown and orange I felt so aware. With all my senses. I felt how cool and crisp the air is now, I heard a woodpecker hard at work and I smelled all these rich tones of damp earth, apples and mushrooms.
My camera, or my photographic eye I suppose, enables me to view nature in a whole new way. I see things I would normally not look at and with my lens I investigate colors, textures and all the small wonders of the world amongst the foliage.