Swirling Walks

I rather like being camera-less when I am out walking so that I focus intently on nature and her precious colours.

I have started trying to capture the colours associated with my walking places when I get back and have time to play with paints. I find it really relaxing. Here’s the latest swirl:

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

24 thoughts on “Swirling Walks”

  1. Although I don’t take a camera on my walks, I always have my smart phone camera. I’ve found for myself, that having the idea of maybe finding something interesting to photograph has me looking at everything more closely and appreciating my surroundings more. I love your idea of painting the colours you’ve seen. The swirls are beautiful!

    1. I see where you’re coming from re the phone but I like to just leave it behind and be unreachable. I don’t like that ‘modern’ idea that everyone is somehow at the other end of their phone 24/7.
      I admit I am an oddball 😊

      1. Not at all! Each to his/her own. Because many of my trails take me through wildlife habitats, I like the security of carrying my phone, in the event I run into some creature that isn’t crazy about me. Also, because I walk alone and there are seldom others on the paths, I also like to have my phone in the event I would sprain an ankle or anything health related that would inhibit my ability to return home on my own steam.

          1. Although I haven’t encountered them yet, there have been sightings of deer, elk, moose, badgers, coyotes, cougars, lynx, and even bears in the habitat. I’ve often seen fresh tracks of some of these. The Canada geese, which are plentiful right now can also be very aggressive at nesting time, and apparently can injure you if they attack.

      1. I liked it very much, and I keep coming back to look at it again. Birds flying high in the blue sky, a patch of sunny daffodils, maybe horsetails?, or at least tall golden grasses, silos, the sea…it was fun trying to imagine where you were walking. That is the best kind of art.

          1. Of course not, since I do not know exactly where you live, other than Tramore, and near Garrarus Beach and other places you mention. The birds, daffodils, golden grasses, and sea were obvious. But I did cheat and look at what kind of grasses grow near Tramore. 🙂
            I don’t know that you have silos, but that is what the silver columns remind me of here. I love symbolism.

  2. I don’t own a cell phone only a land line ..I do take pictures of Sunrise and Sunsets or anything to do with nature that catches my attention ..I don’t often take the camera with me so a lot of my shots are taken from the front or back porch of our home. I like your art rendition of what you have seen..It reminds me of Easter egg coloring or the Greek Easter bread with the eggs in the dough…

  3. That’s an interesting perspective on the art rendition. I like the word ‘rendition.’
    I don’t think you’re missing anything not having a cell phone. Is it a matter of principle?

    1. I just don’t like being on a tether and it can be a time waster .I also realize it can also be a life saver too, though in one instance we found that a land line was better as it didn’t have to search for towers in an emergency in our family. ..But living in a different age and not having distractions at your fingertips is fine with me..I’ll settle for a book, a paint brush, an instrument, or knitting needles. This way I can gather my thoughts and spark the creativeness that is waiting to come out in different ways. I like to listen to the news of the TV and not be privy to what’s happening every minute of the day..This is only my choice and opinion on the matter. Don’t mean to offend anyone..

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