Woodpecker hole in hemlock drips with sap

Woodpecker hole in hemlock drips with sap

1.  Nature looks interesting close up. 

2.  You can make yourself go outside at 13 below zero and it’s certainly…invigorating.

3.  Overcome fears whenever possible.  Go up on the rooftop in the middle of winter, especially if the thought terrifies you.

4.  Keep moving through discomfort.  How much we miss because something feels uncomfortable!  While there’s a good kind of warning-discomfort that keeps us safe, there’s also plenty of discomfort which we avoid just because.  Moving through discomfort often fills us with energy, creativity and joy.  Note to self:  remember this.

5.  Let’s say you have a destination in mind.  An intention.  Like finding the full moon or visiting the cedar swamp.  Repeat this like a mantra:  It’s the journey that matters.  It’s the journey that counts.  It’s the journey which produces fifty interesting photos along the way.  By the time you get to the cedar swamp, you realize it’s almost still unnavigable in mid-April.  Who said you wanted to go to the cedar swamp anyway?  Set your intention, and then enjoy the trip.  Note to self:  remember this, too.

6.  Expect the unexpected!  Prepare to be surprised, or amused, or downright delighted.

Doesn't this look like the Easter Bunny hid a giant rock egg in the woods?

Doesn't this look like the Easter Bunny hid a giant rock egg in the woods?

7.  Don’t worry about what you’re going to write about the outdoor adventure.  Whatever you do, don’t stress out.  Relax.  Just take photos, and then you can sit down at the computer and start babbling about the pictures, if nothing else comes to mind.

8.  Don’t worry about who’s reading or who isn’t reading.  Don’t worry about what friends and neighbors will think.  Just be authentic, be yourself and stay in the in-spired creative energy.  Everything flows from that. 

Jump over this stream on the way to the cedar swamp

Jump over this stream on the way to the cedar swamp

9.  Climb every mountain.  Ford every stream.  Follow every rainbow…  You get the drift.  Don’t be afraid to try new things.  Go west, north, east and south.  Don’t let your mind convince you that there’s nothing else to do, no place else to go.  Tut, tut.  I have this theory that you could stay in your backyard and find enough to photograph and talk about for 365 days.  You could sit under a spruce tree and never move and Nature would whisper her secrets and you could share them every day in your own blog.

10.  Basically, every time your grouchy mind starts saying, “I can’t do that” or “I don’t want to do that”….85% of the time, ignore it.  Do it anyway.  Go outside.  Jump in the lake.  Ski down that hill.  (Oh, right, I AM ignoring that one.  The last time I skied my tail bone crashed into the ice and would hardly move for days.)  But you get the picture.

11.  Be prepared for beauty, everywhere.

Flash of red in the April landscape

Flash of red in the April landscape

12.  Always bring your camera every where you go.  Never, ever, leave the house without it.  The minute you leave it sitting by the computer, an eagle or owl or porcupine will introduce itself.  Guaranteed.

13.  Have fun!  Just open the door and walk outside…. 🙂

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