The Great Outdoors

After a cold and miserable January & February we seem to have appeared out the other side and finally reached a stage that is beginning to resemble spring! Yesterday I found myself walking along the beach with Beth, an ice lolly in one hand and my coat in the other as it was too hot to even wear it. I had missed the feeling of the sun on my back and suddenly there it was in the sky, without the company of even a single cloud. As a small sort of celebration of the suns reappearance I thought it would be nice to share with you some photos I took on a walk with Mollie last May. I did originally intend on making this into a blog post and I'm not sure why I didn't but I think it fits in quite nicely here now the sun has come back around.


After a night of watching Cat in the Hat and dancing to Arctic Monkeys in the dark the following morning Mollie and I were due our dose of fresh air. We agreed to go on a spontaneous walk to the woods, pools and wooden lodges up from her house as the weather was so lovely. I wasn't expecting much more than a couple of trees and the thrill of just being out in the sun but boy was I wrong. I ended up with a little bit of sunburn and a vast amount of pictures that have completely clogged up the memory on my phone. It was just unbelievably and unexpectedly photogenic. I have now printed all these photos and put them in a little album which is really pretty to look through. We have already agreed that we need to take a trip back here this year and this time I intend on taking my camera as although these photos have come out really well they were all taken using my iPhone! What made it so great was that we didn't really expect it to be as fun as it was. We ended up getting a bit lost and wondering around for quite some time but that was all part of the fun of it. The lodges there were all very fancy and had little wooden hot tubs out the front. It would be a bit pointless as it is so close to home but I did get the feeling that I need to stay there one day.



     








What I love about these photos is the memory that comes with them. To you they are probably just some photos of some trees but for me looking at them brings back the scents and sights from the day. That's the thing I love the most about photographs; they have the ability to capture both what you saw but also in a way what you felt. Just like music, photographs have the ability to trigger memories that were stored away in your head.

My Grandad would take photos all the time and he was extremely good at it. If he hadn't spent all his time taking pictures, I wouldn't spend all my time looking through them and seeing new things through his camera lens. It's my own way of seeing the world through his eyes and that is what I love about it most of all. I love taking some time to rummage through boxes of his photos because in a way it's like getting to know him in a whole new way and at the same time it's almost as if I am living his life with him.

The only thing I ever regret about a good day is not having taken enough photographs. I think we take photographs for granted nowadays, but with a photo you can capture that moment you were in with such ease. They're the best souvenir to any trip you take. Life is full of moments where you should have a camera in hand, whether you're at a wedding, by the sea, a concert or a walk in the woods take a second to document it. Since I've started taking pictures not only have I developed a love for photography but also for the world. I now see more, capture more and notice more.

If you take anything away from this post, take photos of anything. The landscape. The sky. Your friends. Their faces. Whatever takes your fancy. Just go for it and you might find you surprise yourself.

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  1. Gorgeous photos and I really enjoyed reading this post :) I'm craving the fresh outdoors! X

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    1. Thank you very much :) Oh me too, just writing this has given me the urge to go out again as soon as possible! x

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  2. Absolutely beautiful images!

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  3. Lovely photos! I've decided I want to go here! So calm and peaceful
    xx
    Dana
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    1. thank you! It's so worth it, I've never been anywhere so tranquil.
      Katie x

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