Colour of the wind

I was inspired by a competition in a knitting group online to think about colours, the prize being a skein of wool, hand dyed to the colours I could convey through a poem, a memory or a photograph. As I listened to the podcast I didn’t think I would enter in but the idea lingered in my mind. I love colours, nature and handcraft which brought together all of these with my love of writing and my somewhat creative mind.

The thought process came to me suddenly. At first I searched my photo albums for mountain views, envisaging the gorse and heather, a landscape of beauty. Oh to have a skein of wool depicting what I could see. While looking for my photograph my source of inspiration came from another photo, which I have uploaded with my post today.

This is my entry to the competition via Raverly there are so many wonderful posts in the thread mine wouldn’t have a chance of owning the one and only hand dyed skein of wool but I am grateful that the idea provoked my imagination and brought calm to my mind. I realised I could think in colours and present my idea with the beauty of nature. It may not make sense to many people but to me I wouldn’t forget these thoughts. 

My inspiration is drawn from nature, how delicate the small blue butterfly that danced in the wild flower meadow last year. Nature’s colours blending blue with cream and a touch of rusty hue. 

I add the words from Pocahontas as my little butterfly held on in the silver breeze, painting the colours of the wind for me.

You can own the earth and still, 
All you’ll own is earth until, 
You can paint with all the colours of the wind

Beverley 

Challenge 365 completed 2013

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Day 365: I should be posting my December selection box today but as this is my last photo of this challenge I decided to take a photo of the ‘kit’ I used throughout the year to fulfil this challenge. Actually I had to use my DSLR to take this photo and now I know how much my mind is focused on using my iPhone this year. I was tempted to ‘tap to focus’ which didn’t make any sense with a DSLR! Embarrassingly I wondered why the view finder wasn’t working until I remembered I had to remove the lens cap……..

It will be very strange to start tomorrow without the thinking about which photo I might find for my 365 challenge. It was a long journey but one I enjoyed and have learned a lot from it. I am not too pleased with some of the photos I have taken but each of them has taught me something about the styles and subjects I enjoyed the most and exactly what I need to improve….a lot!

I don’t want to make this a long boring blog post but I would like to encourage anyone thinking about the new year we are about to enter (some already have reached 2014) to think about the challenge. Start as I did, thinking I would only take a photo a week but when I had taken the first one I knew I just had to keep going. I sometimes dreamt I had forgotten to take my photo and wondered what I was going to do as this would have been a big fail for me!

It wasn’t always easy as I am mainly at home and my subjects where mainly found in our garden. This wasn’t as bad as I thought as I really saw the changes in our garden on a daily basis and discovered many treasures through the Ölloclip macro lens….this opened up a new world to me. I decided to get a calendar printed (the one in this photo) with a selection of the photos to reflect on in 2014. I was quite amazed that the photos printed out quite nicely and people have remarked on how they would like one! I think I know most of the flowers from seed to bud to flower and back again. Nature is an amazing artist.

I wouldn’t be starting a new 365 but my mind wouldn’t stop as I really want to be more creative and explore more with my iPhone and perhaps my DSLR after a crash course to learn the settings for this again!

One last thing I registered with OKDOTHIS an iPhone photo sharing app. I wasn’t sure at first but have slowly become addicted to the app and enjoying the community. It will keep my creative mind going as I have bookmarked a lot of ‘DOs’ created by others in the community which in turn makes me find those photos to post to my stream up I there! If you have an iPhone download the app and become involved. Follow me @beverley as I would love to follow you and discover a new challenge with you. It’s fun yet most inspiring. http://www.okdothis.com/

Thank you for following my blog while I completed 365 (longer post than it should have been if you are still reading, thank you!)

Beverley