We need the tonic of wildness…

At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things,
we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable,
that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.
We can never have enough of nature.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

fisherman in the fog

One thing I love more than most is spending time in nature. I’ve read study after study that claim even just a 30 minute jaunt amongst the trees has healing effects on humans both physically and mentally.  I have to say I believe it.

I try to get out each day. Backpacking would be my preferred way of connecting with nature, but my family and work schedule doesn’t always allow for that. So, at the very least when my schedule is tight I will take my dogs and walk the nature trails near my neighborhood. However, if I can swing it, I’ll head out to the seemingly infinite options I have here around Asheville.

I usually bring my camera. I should say I always bring my camera but I don’t. Sometimes I’m just not thinking and leave it at home. But sometimes it’s a conscience choice to be in nature and just experience it, no distractions. Reminds me of Sean Penn’s character, Sean O’Connell in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, when he said, “If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don’t like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it. “

I do however, more often than not, bring my camera and I’m always glad when I do. Even if I don’t capture anything that I’m even remotely excited about. I’m always pushing myself. Striving constantly to capture what it is I see. Not just the thing, but the feeling, the mood.

Anyway, I thought I’d start sharing some of the images I capture and maybe some thoughts I had during my camera-in-tow nature jaunts. It’ll be a regular feature here on the blog. I’m going to give myself a low bar and say I’ll post every other Wednesday. Maybe call it Walking Wednesday? (It’s a working title.)

Hope you’ll join me and please share with others you’ll think will enjoy these images and stories.