Into Something Better • St-George, Switzerland • May, 2017

I’m thrilled to be part of a new monthly blog circle celebrating mothers and children in nature.  The group was created to provide an escape from technology for our children and an opportunity for mothers who are photographers to use the specific technique of freelensing during these adventures.  Those of you who follow me know that I use freelensing a lot.  I love how freelensing creates a dreamlike effect in photos.  In freelensing, the lens is detached from the body of the camera and floated and rotated in front of the sensor to capture slices of focus amidst a background of bokeh, or blur.
On any given Sunday, you will find my husband and myself with our two little kids somewhere in nature.  Most often, we are in the forest.
 
Sleeping In The Forest
by Mary Oliver
I thought the earth remembered me,
She took me back so tenderly
Arranging her skirts
Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before
A stone on the riverbed,
Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,
But my thoughts.
And they floated light as moths
Among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
Breathing around me.
The insects and the birds
Who do their work in darkness.
All night I rose and fell,
As if water, grappling with luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times
Into something better.

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Thank you so much for your support!  Now please head over to Nadia Stone’s blog for more from our collaborative.  xxoo Kate.

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Joan Seivert - I am so excited about this. Congratulations for being part of it. How I enjoy watching the kids explore,play,be with one another in such a wholesome and sacred place.
Mary Oliver is such a great poet and you are such a great photographer. Quite the pair. Makes me happy.
The symbolism in the photos is rich. Sending you hugs!

Amanda Voelker - What a wonderful place to be. These images are beautiful and filled with so much love. I love seeing your children interact with one another and the stunning scenery that surrounds them. Man I miss the woods.

Anna - These are gorgeous! Moss, moss and more moss. My favorite!

Beth Urban - Kate, I love every image. Such beautiful colors and I can feel the laughter <3

Lea Jones - when I looked at these first, I thought: wow these look like home, then realised you are in Switzerland. (I am from France). Such a lovely outing, and you captured the kids’ relationship so wonderfully! xo, Léa

Heather Robinson - I just knew I was going to love seeing your images each month. I mean c’mon you are in the forest in Switzerland!! Like a fairly tale. And your kids are so happy.

Joni - These are beautiful. The landscape looks familiar and now I want to revisit Switzerland even more! Love the quiet beauty in these.

Nikki - Our landscapes are so similar Kate! I’m totally at home in your earthy shades, and the spirit of adventure and exploration your children are experiencing. Sometimes you just see an image and evokes memories of home.

Melissa L - Wow, so much eye candy to take in. I’ve never been to Switzerland but it is enchanting. I loved that diptych of the same image in color and black and white, so creative and fun to look at. ALso, the multiple exposures and the incredible very last image….exquisitely beautiful.

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