Photography for me is not just about pointing the camera at an object or a person and taking a picture, it is about telling a story. In most cases small stories that happen here at home. The photographer who lives inside me always seems to be in search of meaningful stories to tell. I tend to find inspiration in all the crooks and crannies of my life.
This week I only had to look across the breakfast table into the eyes of my child to find inspiration. Her little 12-year-old soul has a passion for saving our earth and it inspires me to pause and take a little better care of my footprint while I am here.
When she was around three years old, she spent hours at the playground sprawled out on the sand fascinated by the life of ants. When it rained, we walked the streets saving worms that had slid from the warm earth onto the streets. And for as long as I can remember she has been coming to the aide of spiders and other insects that find their way into our home. She is passionate about all things living and seems to have an extra special connection to our planet.
A few weeks ago at school, her class was asked to study an ecosystem in our environment in search of potential problems. With her partners, she headed into the forest to observe life there. When they discovered that people were littering, they decided just studying the problems was not enough; they needed to take action.
Her group of three decided to make signs that they would hang on tree branches in the forest.
Once the signs were painted her dad drilled holes at the top of the wood so they could pull the string through the holes.
It was great team work and the passion for their cause was palpable.
Once the signs were complete, we headed to the forest to find places to hang the signs.
The girls carefully selected well-travelled areas inside the woods to hang their signs. They chose places they knew people would see them on their walks.
Our planet is in need of so much love and care, and it all begins with small acts by all of us. I am so thankful that my children continue to teach and inspire me to be a better citizen of our precious Earth.
Storytelling through pictures helps me to pause and observe my life more carefully. What a gift my stories and my pictures are to me.
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