I will be moving to land soon. I’m starting on a new project that is very land based.
But like anything that is land based it flows back to the rivers, lakes and oceans in some way. Connections.
I was thinking about this as I was walking along the shoreline early this morning, garbage bag in one hand and a delicate bird skull in the other. It is rare that I don’t pick something up, even if it’s just to examine it. After 3 hrs I had a full bag of garbage and remembered I hadn’t had breakfast yet. Priorities.
It is the first day of spring but it is like we have skipped spring and moved directly into summer. We are entering our 3rd day of +25° c and the next 2 days are to be the same. It feels very strange, in the same way that it was odd when the robins stayed all this past winter. Like they knew what was ahead. Nature adapts so quickly and responds so intuitively. Instinct.
I’m still on river time, but things are flowing gently and the fog is burning off.
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51 thoughts on “Shifts”
The last photo is absolutely stunning! The faint shadows really add beauty and focus to the composition. Great work as always… Looking forward to seeing your land series 🙂
Thank you Polly. 🙂
That’s a great last sentence. And beautiful photos of course. 😉
Aww, thank you!
Beautiful work Karen. I love it that you’re taking your pace [river time]. Maybe this is the reason why your images have a wonderfully natural flow…
I’m glad you are not bored with this series, thank you for all your very kind comments Marina.
What can I say, absolutely gorgeous work Karen!
Yes, I am sure convinced we are having global climate change!
Christian, thank you. We are 20 degrees above our normal highs this week, it’s a bit disconcerting!
No1 & 4: Stepping stones into the great blue yonder….
This has been a lovely series.
I’m happy you think so David, thank you!
I know that that these are water shots but they remind me of snow as it recedes and reveals the fields below. Wonderful pictures.
Oh I can see why you might interpret them that way, it is a similar rolling back at times. Thank you.
Ohh I am there, in this space, totally awed by the beauty. It’s like a thick skin is slowly peeling off and revealing life again. Great work as always Karen, it’s a daily joy to visit here. Send some of that 25 degrees over here please! 🙂
I’m happy to have you here Cath! 😀
Singularly beautiful as always.
I’m a little wary of this too warm weather. I’m hoping that next winter will bring familiar winds, snow and ice and fade naturally into a spring with a little more “spring”.
Love your three relevant categories and look forward to your land series.
Elena, the weather is strange, isn’t it? It makes me wary too, although I imagine we will get spring back eventually. Thank you.
so much quiet…love the subdued beauty here
Thank you Barbara.
Such gorgoues dreamy images. But the part that got my attention the most was “After 3 hrs I had a full bag of garbage…” Thank you for being such a great steward of what we have been blessed with.
Thank you Ray, I feel I owe the river after all the times I’ve stolen it’s soul. 🙂
Looking forward to your new project! Good to be so wrapped up in something that you forget to eat 🙂
And I thought #5 in this series has a Georgia O’Keefe look to it.
Thank you so much Lois. 🙂
When you see the nature is in their silent state, you hold your breath too.
But, when they showed a sign of drama, you always go to see its rather demonic
face, or even look into a chasm. May be with a kind of child like curiosity with excitement. —– I can’t wait to see whether you start dancing like an ancient Goddess, when you see the flowers spreading all over the field. 😀
Me too Yoshizen, I will keep my mind open to the possibilities!
What a stunning series. Such quietly powerful shots, with a just a touch of the eeriness that I feel when in Nature, one that makes my soul bow down in humbleness to the greatness and the power of the beauty that surrounds me.
Wow, I am thrilled this series does that to you Carole, thank you so much. I am humbled also.
i really like the one 3 from the bottom up. It’s very mysterious. Although I’m glad spring is finally arriving in London.
Thank you, It’s nice when spring arrives for sure, we seem to have skipped right over it…
i know. So odd. Your photos look like the surface of some cold moon orbiting a distant planet
It’s that seamless whole again! Words and pictures as one. You are capturing that ever-changing river-scape perfectly!
Really like that first one – it is mysterious. Nicely said too 🙂
I like the first picture.~
I am beginning to get to know your river, so different from our own. There is so much to see in your photos. I do have two favorites this time, the two you numbered 8 and 9. The first for the foggy trees in the distant and the latter for the wonderful shadows.
Another beautiful series of photos, Karen. I like the next to last – very abstract and painterly. Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve as you move into another season. All the best, Kathleen
I can see the transition to land coming. No need to respond. You are getting a lot of comments! Congratulations.
Beautiful words and images.
Wow… amazing!!! Nature knows best!!! Its so weird to think that temperatures are so high, but you still have all that snow!! Crazy!!! 🙂 **
I love your words – each paragraph punctuated. The last image’s shadows are my favourite. It’s very interesting to watch river time unfold, Karen.
I’ve been missing your blog! This set of images is fantastic, and I love the last photo!
Thank you Sil.
Beautiful work again Karen. Love those milky tones.
Great photos, Karen~ 🙂
Wonderful photos as usual, Karen.
I wish you the best during the coming transition and the start of your new project!
Thank you fish and bicycles!
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Gorgeous writing and pictures! But where are you going? To the city? And where are you now? Are you a mermaid? 🙂
Yes, Gigi …a mermaid…