Anna Hergert, Art & Design

Inspiration Everywhere!

IMG_8592With the sun out and the air still warm I decided to take full advantage of these last summer days at the lake. I extended my walk and was made aware of the subtle changes in colour and texture. Just a week ago the Virginia Creeper hedge was dotted with a few red leaves here and there. Today it looked like this:

IMG_8612It alerted me to look around  more mindfully. Along the road my attention was drawn to a spot of rust and black that kept moving well ahead of me. What a surprise to capture this Viceroy butterfly folding and unfolding its wings. It rested just long enough for me to capture the image before I flew away.

IMG_8609A huge fan of contemplative photography, also known as Miksang, I treat my daily walks as an opportunity to set challenges to “find” a colour, a texture, line, light… The challenges are endless and set without high expectation. I have found that the challenge to find “red” is an easy one.

IMG_8606The colour is even more appreciated when I move closer and fill the frame.

IMG_8607Sorry about the quality of the images. I had my iPhone with me and the sensor on it is not as good as my regular camera. But this one was all about colour. This has to be my favourite red. Next time I am dyeing fabric I must try my hand at recreating this particular hue.

IMG_8610The Russian Olive trees are laden with fruit this year. Just like the Mountain Ash trees, Choke Cherry  and Pin Cherry bushes the branches are heavy with fruit to keep the wildlife well fed this coming winter. Do I dare venture a guess that this will be a harsh one…? I don’t think that I have seen such an abundance of fruit since we moved here 9 years ago.

IMG_8611Nature at its best! Colour, texture, line, value – the elements and principles of design are all around us – all we have to do is look!

IMG_8613A radial composition… prickly, weedy thistles aside, isn’t this just mesmerizing? The entire plant measured about 24″ across…

IMG_8614…too large to get it all into the frame.

It’s time to head to the studio for some stitching before I head into town to chair my first Camera Club executive meeting as president. Following the meeting is the opening of this year’s photography exhibition inspired by the books and poems from the Saskatchewan Festival of Words.

This entry was published on August 30, 2016 at 1:31 pm. It’s filed under Art, Creativity Update, In the News, Journaling, Motivational, Nature's Art, Refocusing Creativity, Something to Smile About, staying in touch and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

4 thoughts on “Inspiration Everywhere!

  1. How wonderful to see someone so fully alive, aware, observant, and appreciative of Nature. It is a delight to view your posts.


  2. Marilyn/Serafina on said:

    Glad you are resting and having quiet recovering time. What are you stitching? Hand or machine? Take care , cheers, Marilyn


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