My camera and I tend to hibernate in the winter, when the temperature is low and the scenery bland. But spring’s arrival brings mild temperatures and fresh sights sure to lure us outdoors.
Here are four compelling reasons to dust off your camera and get out there and shoot!
Capture Spring’s Blooms While They Last
Beautiful blossoms usher in the spring, but many disappear too soon. Here in the southeast I watch for the daffodils first, followed by the cherry blossom and the dogwood trees, just in time for Easter. You can find beauty and interest even in the weeds, like the white puffball of a dandelion.
Lose the Extra Pounds
The combination of richer foods and a less active lifestyle adds extra pounds to my waistline during the winter months. I start with the best of plans — sweatsuits and an I think I can, I think I can attitude towards cold-weather workouts — but my reality never matches my expectations. Taking your camera outdoors for a spring nature walk provides some extra incentive to get out and move!
Decorate Your World with the Art You Create
I like to say that all good things come from TJ Maxx (or 1/2 price Mondays at my favorite thrift store!), but I really love to decorate and make gifts from my own photos, whether framed prints or canvases. Even if you don’t consider yourself a photographer, God provides such a rich canvas in the spring that you’re sure to capture some lovely images. Your friends and family will love receiving gifts made with photos you’ve taken, and you’ll enjoy seeing them on your own walls.
Spring is the perfect time to visit your local park or botanical gardens, where you’re sure to find a variety of flowers and blooming trees. Experiment with different angles and arrangements in your photos: above, from the side, lying on the ground, and shooting from underneath. If you blog, be sure to take some pictures where your subject isn’t centered, leaving room for text.
Awaken Your Senses to the Beauty of God’s Creation
Examine the detail in the center of a flower. Photograph the drops that glisten and dangle from leaves after a cool spring rain. Breathe deep and taste the honeysuckle, like when you were a child. Stand beneath a cherry blossom tree and aim your camera up into her branches, laden with puffballs of pink, raspberry, and white.
Have spring temperatures arrived in your area? Where can you and your camera capture the beauty of the season?
by Dawn Camp, editor and photographer of The Beauty of Grace