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