I think I've mentioned before that my camera and I have a wandering spirit. I just strike out and see what I can find. On many of these explorations, I have the time to slowly absorb the surroundings. I walk around and then something will catch my interest. A little voice inside me says "go see what that is" or "walk along this path" or "turn this corner." I almost always follow my intuition and more times than not, it has paid off. The images in this collage were all taken when I let my intuition lead me.
I think the first thing you're going to notice is that these are not my normal nature images. When I'm out in nature it's not so much intuition that leads me to photograph something, but discovery. Let me just explain a few of these shots and you'll see what I mean.
For instance the first one (top left) was taken in Jefferson, Texas. I had been to this small historic town twice before and never walked down this ally. This day I spotted the ally and something pulled me toward it; just a glimpse of an iron gate. I debated, I was supposed to be meeting my husband, but the pull was strong and I couldn't ignore it. I couldn't believe what was hidden behind that gate. A beautiful, peaceful garden tucked behind a brick wall on the backside of a historic hotel. One of the maids spotted me, unlocked the gate and let me take pictures to my heart's content. Hubby wasn't even worried, he knew I was wandering with my camera and I would get there eventually!
The sixth image (middle row, far right) was taken when I was looking for a county courthouse in a small town. I spotted the corner of this building and something made me turn the car around and check it out. I was thrilled to learn that it is one of only two remaining Carnegie Foundation Libraries in Arkansas that is still used as a public library.
Why did I walk the extra steps? Why did I turn around and go back? Intuition...plain and simple! I love to follow my gut feelings. I have pretty good instincts and I almost always follow them. If I had not taken those extra steps and the extra time, I would have missed some of my best memories of photo walks.
I don't have any trouble recognizing and following these feelings of intuition, just describing them. There's this almost child-like excitement, followed by an inner push that makes me walk faster and makes my heart speed up. When I spy that special thing, I always laugh! Always! It makes me so happy. It has happened to me time and time again.
In our latest assignment in Finding Your Eye: Journey of Fascination, Kat has us thinking about "intuition." She asked us to look through our images and see if we could remember any that were taking when we followed our intuition. I didn't find any!! Seriously, not one of the images above were in my inspiration folder. I've puzzled about this. I knew exactly where each one was, because they are special to me. Because they weren't in the folder, does that mean they're not special enough? Did I not include them because they're not my "usual" style of nature photograph? I don't really know the answer, but I've certainly corrected the problem. They are in there now! I'll be making sure that not just the best photos, but also the ones that make me happy are in this folder. When I look at the folder now there's the ones that make me feel awe and the one's that make me feel delight.