Spring Break is always a welcome time after teaching all year. I usually have so much that I want to do or accomplish. There is never enough time, especially with only a week. I desire spending time outdoors getting some exercise, reading, and doing something creative. This spring break we took a short trip to Concan, Texas. We went to the Lost Maples State Natural Area and spent a day hiking. We drove the Three Sisters, a loop of three county roads that take you through some pretty scenery. We spent time on the Frio River hiking with our dog, Molly. I got to read, hike and take a lot of photograph of some beautiful scenery and wildlife. Wow! They have a lot of deer out there in West Texas.
The photography was my creative outlet. You may think that isn’t very creative, but it is a start. It is a beginning. Sometimes we just have to be satisfied with taking those creative baby steps.
When I took pictures at the Frio River I tried to look beyond the beauty of the actual water. The cypress trees all along the river captured my attention with their majesty. These large graceful trees towered over me. As I walked along the edge of the river these trees reached down below me holding fast to the ground with their long curving root systems. Keeping my eyes on the trail was important if I wanted to keep from falling over these gentle giants.
In many of my photographs I decided to focus on the trees. Instead of talking pictures of the actual trees, I took pictures of the reflections of the trees in the water. I tried to get photographs at different times of day with different conditions. Here are some of my photographs of the river. Now that I have these pictures at home, I can now take some time to see what I can do with them in my sketchbook and in watercolor. When you are limited on your time and want to be creative, pull out the camera and see what interesting subjects you can come up with.
I would love to know what creative things you did this spring break. Write a comment and let me know. Take care.