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Into Something Better – Tolochenaz, Switzerland – July, 2017

Month three of the international blog circle celebrating mothers and children in nature is upon us.  The group was created to provide an escape from technology for our children and an opportunity for mothers who are photographers to use the technique of freelensing during these adventures. In addition to freelensing this month, I added a prism to some of my shots just to add another level of distortion.  I like the results – mysterious and maybe a little creepy.

Once again, we find ourselves in the woods close to home for a Sunday Daycamp (as we call it). This month’s images were taken at the Tolochenaz refuge close to home in Canton Vaud, Switzerland. Our typical routine includes walks and playtime, boredom that leads to inspiration and creativity, food cooked over the fire, relaxation and wine for the adults and s’mores as a finale.

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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Anna - So pretty! It looks so similar to where I live <3 Moss, moss and more moss!

Barb - Kate, I have to tell you I adore this project so much! Everyone’s photos and words are beautiful and inspiring. Absolutely love it.

Kate - Thank you so much Barb. I love the thought of you reading our posts from your gorgeous Hawaiian home. xxoo

Kate - Thank you Anna. I love all that texture. xxoo

Joan - The water drops on the back of a leaf contain me today. Watching Remi grow up each month and wishing photographers would get a selfie for those of us who miss you so much. Seeing smoke,fire,circles of those I love and miss..thanks girlfriend

Kate - This comment is everything to me. Miss and love you soooo much!

Joni - Oh Kate. These are breathtaking. Taking things to the extraordinary. The one of the boy in the tree took my breath away.

Kate - This means so much to me, Joni! Thank you!

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