Hiked into Bradley Falls at lunch today. Didn’t make it all the way to the falls itself, but Cove Creek, or “Crick” as they say it, gave me an excellent opportunity to play with Live Photo’s in the iPhone. And I am very impressed with it, first time I tried it on long exposure and it is COOL.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m back in the mountains, where my heart is. One of the great things about living here is that you can drive, say, half an hour, and be on a hiking trail, rock climbing, or taking pictures of waterfalls. It is so simple to immerse ourself in this kind of life. On Thanksgiving, we indulged our tradition of hiking rather than stuffing ourselves amongst people who we aren’t necessarily happy to be around. This year’s trip was to Triple Falls, High Falls, and Hooker Falls. A couple of pictures here. nature photography is its own special challenge and I really didn’t have the gear with me. Consider it to be a challenge for the coming months and years.
One of the great things about living in a tiny house village is … seeing tiny houses. For a long time I was fascinated with tiny houses but had only seen them on tv shows and couldn’t imagine them in person. The first time I drove into the Village here, it was overwhelming to see tiny houses, each unique, everywhere I looked. They are all beautiful, and fun, and amazing places to live. On a perfect fall day – we have a lot of those in North Carolina – they look especially nice reflected in the pond.
I’ve recently developed a minor fascination with orchids. When we closed on our tiny house, the community gave us a welcome-home gift of a gorgeous orchid, which immediately became camera fodder. Here are two treatments.
At long last, I can pop up to Asheville for a cup of exquisite tea at Dobra. Cardamom cookie optional. Cool vivid filter iPhone 7plus.
Another recent painting, which was intended as a background for an art journal page, but I kept it the way it was and never bothered with the art journal page. I start out with the intention of having a painting “mean something”, but end up just liking it. Meaning is whatever I’m feeling about it, I guess, and I can always use it at any point in the future.
Haven’t been doing a very good job with my “picture of the day” posts, but I do have an excuse: a couple of weeks ago, after months of meticulous planning, I pulled up sticks and moved to the mountains outside of Asheville, and moved into a brand new tiny house. Needless to say, this absorbed a lot of my attention. There wasn’t a lot of time for photography, but in between packing boxes, and at rest stops on the drive out, I was able to create a few paintings on my iPad, using ProCreate. ProCreate deserves its own post here, but in an effort to show some kind of artistic progression, I’m just going to post a recent painting, which I’m pretty happy with. It shows a lot of motion and turbulence, which is exactly what my life has felt like.
So I’ve decided to post a photo a day. It can be of anything that happens to me during the day, not some random shot pulled from my archives (unless prowling in my photo archives was part of the substance of my day). Today I was doing some volunteering at the Carolina Tiger Rescue, and took a few minutes to tear up newspaper for kinkajous.
A day isn’t complete without some kind of journaling sometimes, usually, I write for about a half hour when I first get up. But my mind craves visual images, and I love to create, play with media, etc.
since I’ve started this major downsizing effort in my life, having an art studio with a slop sink, shelves of supplies, ventilation, etc is not a possibility. Fortunately, I have discovered how to create paintings, journal pages, and photo collages with the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. I can do a lot of what I was doing with art supplies, with the advantages of: no cleanup, an undo button, can do it anywhere, and I always have all my art journals with me.
This morning I created this background page, which I imported into Notability and wrote over with a white “pen”. I can use the background again and create different text or just express something different.