Forest Bathing

Been hearing a lot lately about this “forest bathing” thing. Supposed to be therapeutic. But then, any walk through the forest would be therapeutic. Unless a tree falls on you.

I decided to try some forest bathing this morning. Now, if I could only find where I left my clothes before immersing myself.

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When you bathe in the forest, you never bathe alone. A spider joined me as I immersed myself in this fern.
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Stinging nettles — best avoided when forest bathing in the nude.
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I love the early morning shadows in the forest.
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See previous caption.
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When forest bathing, it’s best to keep some jewel weed handy. It’s good for relieving the burning itch of stinging nettles.

I’ll Follow the Sun

heronshoreChasing sunlight. That’s what I do.

In the mornings mostly. Given the number of rainy days we’ve had this summer in North Central Ohio, that can be quite a challenge. Although there is something to be said for shooting in fog and low-light conditions.

Yesterday was typical for summer mornings these days. I headed out in the fog, with the promise of sunbeams breaking through the clouds. But, as the morning progressed, the promise faded.

I made the rounds of three villages. There were things to shoot — but not in flat light.

Made one last stop at Pleasant Hill Lake, before heading home to make breakfast.

I captured a hint of a sunbeam on the horizon with my cellphone camera. Then I got out my Canon SX50 HS. I looked to my left and, not 50 feet away, was a great blue heron watching me from the water’s edge.

Not entirely happy with the heron shots I took, but I’ll post one nonetheless.

Meanwhile, I’ll follow the sun.

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A silvery sunrise on Pleasant Hill Lake

In the beginning …

I got into photography about 10 years ago, after the newspaper I worked for cut a photographer position. I started taking a Canon G-10 on my rounds, taking mostly crash photos. Those can be challenging — especially at night or in other low-light conditions.

Every once in awhile, I’d experiment. Here’s an example of that — the front of a Tex-Mex restaurant across the street from the Sheriff’s Office in Ashland. I took it during my morning rounds. The soft light on the brightly painted building caught my eye.

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