Backyard Photography

So, you’re sitting on the couch, watching the millionth re-run of some sitcom you could really care less about, and the urge to get out and photograph something suddenly hits you.  Only problem is, you don’t know where to go or what to photograph.  Even worse, you’re running low on funds and there’s little gas in your car’s tank.  What do you do?

I was faced with this very situation not long ago.  And as most artists and creative individuals will tell you, when the urge to create something hits, it’s a lot like when nature calls, it needs to be answered.  And pronto!

I switched off the TV, slipped on some shoes, grabbed my camera, and stepped outside.  While standing on my porch, I found myself scratching my head.  Where should I go? What should I photograph?

While pondering this, I started taking a slow walk around the perimeter of my property.  I found myself looking at the flora surrounding my yard in a slightly different way.  Usually, I would just dismiss everything as a cluster of weeds but when you’re on the hunt for a new photograph, even a weed can prove to be interesting.

So while I was looking through the weeds and tall grass on the edge of my property, I came across some pretty little flower clusters.  Now, I’m not down on the names of most flora so I have no idea what these flowers are called.  If someone knows, please tell me!  (*Edit – 7/20/2011* – My cousin’s wife and good friend of mine informed me that these flowers are called “Dianthus Barbatus” or “Sweet William”.  Thanks Shane!)

I tend to like it when something unexpected happens or pops into the frame as I push the shutter button.  I think a lot of photographers are like that.  While I was taking a photo of another flower (again I don‘t know the name), a curious little moth (I don’t know what this little guy’s name is either!) fluttered into the frame.

You may be asking what the moral of this story is.  Well kids, the moral of this story is that you don’t necessarily have to leave home to take some nice photographs.  Just take a little walk around your back yard, your side yard, your front yard, or whatever yard you have.  You might be surprised at what you find.

Until next time…

Keep on rockin’ on!

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A.M.

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