31.12.11

Is creativity just about putting one foot in front of the other?

























































These are just some of my favourite photographic memories from 2011. All of these photographs were taken just 5 minutes from my back door where I observed nature on Foxglove Lane continuing to express itself in ordinary ways. Some times I went out with my camera in a happy mood as the sun was shining or the flowers and bees were plentiful.  Other times I expected nothing and pounded the lane in the grey mist...just hoping to come across a friendly mouse or an interesting insect. On these days little surprises would capture me.....leaves turning golden, seed heads blowing in the wind, ice on dandelion petals and I would come back with a bouncier spring in my step. It was about just doing it.

2011 was a year of bereavement in my own life and I have no doubt that the whole blogging experience and the kindness of strangers mitigated the sadness in different ways. While I was losing someone I was also gaining someone, I found some other part of myself again. An inner world, a more fearless creativity, a sense of seizing the day with more urgency. Recovering from a bereavement seems to be a similar process, it's about getting up in the morning and putting one foot in front of another.

So for 2012 I will continue as before, putting one creative foot in front of the other, not thinking too much about all those ifs and buts, living life for each ordinary and extra-ordinary day as it comes. Is that what creativity is really all about?



Happy New Year dear friends!








32 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you too. What lovely photographs- you always inspire me with your beautiful images. I just love the 7th one down with those amazing puffy clouds coming up over the trees at sunset- got a new camera for Xmas so must come and visit this magical world you live in sometime in the New Year.
    Of course, I am so sorry for your loss as well and I hope that you are able to heal in 2012 and look at things in a new light.
    God Bless, Lisa aka Nenaghgal

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  2. I have found bereavement to bring a strange cross of reactions. On the one hand everything seems so trivial. Yet on the other hand the wonders and beauty of Nature are what held me together - the fragrance of a simple flower, the shape of a leaf. It reminded me what is important, to appreciate the little things and to live each moment to its fullest.
    May 2012 bring you peace and blessings.

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  3. Live for the day and the moment and not dwelling on the past is a good idea. Your pictures are just gorgeous and are wonderful to look at on this cloudy day we are having here. May your new Year be filled with new blessings.

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  4. Wishing you a Happy New Year. I too had a bereavement, it was difficult to watch a love one dying over the year, he finally went on 10 December. I blogged about it a few times, especially after his death and it really helped. Twitter virtual friends were also a great support.

    I am inspired by your macro photos and need some advice please on how to obtain such crisp and clear shots.

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  5. Love your photos and your inspirational words. Hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you.

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  6. Hi - I lost my beloved Dad in 2011 and its been an uphill battle coping with the loss, so your words touched me and brought tears. I hope you continue to heal and find comfort in the beauty of the world around you.

    I wish you a very happy New Year and a stunning 2012 Garden!

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  7. I find many days I still just put one day in front of the other...it is the best remedy for any grief in our lives...2011 became a year of growth for me finally because I was able to do exactly what your healing words said here...thx for those beautiful words and here's to New Year of continued healing and growth...

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  8. Your images are beautiful (love that swan) and you have to take the joy where you can get, even right outside the back door. Sorry for your loss and hope the New Year brings happiness, beauty and joy.

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  9. I'm right in the middle of the loss of my Dad right now. There have been losses before, none have been so bad. It helps, taking a walk with a camera and capturing a blessed moment of beauty. This year, the feeling of loss is what started me taking pictures and then putting them on a blog. I've felt quite blessed by you sharing your photos and by so many others who do so, just for the sake of sharing.

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  10. Happy New Year to you! Your photography and the subject matter is just spectacular!!! I am amazed at the intricate detail in some of the photos. Gorgeous :-) What a beautiful place you live in!

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  11. What beautiful photos you have taken this year - you live in a truly stunning location. The one with the glowing backlit clouds is spectacular! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. May 2012 be a fab year for you...and indeed all of us on this planet. I am hoping it is the year of the begining of a change in cousciousness...for the better.

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  13. Sorry to read of your loss this year. We can find solace in such little things, but when you find solace in the beauty of nature, coming out of bereavement becomes a little easier.

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  14. Any bereavement takes a long time to come to terms with but there is great healing power in the natural world. Your photographs are really lovely and show that there is still every reason to go on putting one foot in front of the other. I hope that 2012 brings you many small pleasures on Foxglove Lane.

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  15. I am grateful that your one step at a time, brings us such magnificent pictures. May 2012 give you a kinder path to walk.

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  16. Have not dropped by your (or any other) blogs in a while and just want to say that I hope 2012 gives you peace in your bereavement journey. Putting one foot in front of the other is how so many of us just get through.

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  17. Hi, I just found your blog through Blotanical, and I love your photos. I have just gone through a particularly difficult year with lots of health issues and although I for many years have said that I live by the principle of putting one foot in front of the other and take every day as it comes – it became especially important in 2011. For me, gardening and blogging became something that kept me sane and I have enjoyed immensely meeting all the people through blogging.

    I hope 2012 will bring you a better year and lots of joy being creative. Happy blogging 2012 :-)

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  18. Give us in 2012 beautiful photos as those one !
    Happy new year kind Friend.

    Catherine ( @Pinsondesarbres)

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  19. Spectaculair photograph's.
    Wish you a fantastic 2012
    gr. Marijke

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  20. There is so much comfort to be found and treasured in the small, sweet moments of a short walk from the back door. Your captures are just magical and I feel so blessed to be able to share in their beauty. Thank you for sharing your words and creativity with us...you're inspirational. Hugs from Austin <3

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  21. Spokojnie jedną nogę przed drugą i będzie coraz lepiej :-). Zdjęcia z zeszłego roku są śliczne, a w ty roku z pewnością nie będą mniej piękne. Życzę Ci dobrego i w szczęściu 2012 roku i pozdrawiam.

    Calmly with one leg before the other and will be getting better :-). Photos from last year are beautiful, and in the year you will certainly not less beautiful. I wish you good luck in 2012 and greet.

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  22. Such beautiful photos - it just proves that there is beauty all around us. We just need to open our eyes to it.

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  23. Beautiful photos!
    I wish you a happy 2012 with uncountable pleasant moments.

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  24. Have only just now found my way to your beautiful page with all of these lovely pictures; your heart must be extra loving to capture through the lense such exquisite moments. Looking forward to slowly spend time treasuring each one .... thankyou.....Healing Hugzzzzz

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  25. I have just found you & feel kinship already. I am a hospice social worker & lead a weekly grief support group. I often tell grievers"take one day at a time-sometimes just one 15 minute period at a time" Also to "put one foot in front of another & take baby steps". Mary Oliver's poetry saves me over & over. There is also a wonderful website called Transcending Loss. Your photography & writing will be the key to your healing. Blessings-Sara

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  26. What a beautiful year of photos. I can't wait to see more from you. Happy new year!

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  27. Beautiful photos and thankyou so much for the fave as now I'll be able to keep up to date with posts and view your lovely photos.........which no doubt will remind me of home. I loved that photo of the foxgloves down the lane.

    I hope 2012 brings you more joy and less pain as you recover from your loss.

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  28. Oh so beautiful photos!!!
    Greetings Crissi

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  29. Your photography is so uniquely refreshing, 'uncontainminated' and 'uncontrived'; truly enjoable. Perhaps it is the reflection of the 'soul' that I am seeing.

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  30. Stunning images FL! Happiest of New Years to you too! I am sorry to read of your loss and hope that by continuing to put one creative step in front of the other you will walk through the healing power of beauty to a deep peace within. You are truly gifted and offer solace to our aching world. Thank you. Carol

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  31. Such beauty in these images, you can be proud.

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