Moving house last month and traveling to Italy caused me to miss the October edition of this global blog circle, and miss it I did!  All month long, I felt like I was without a treasured friend. In November, my family was able to get back to a routine that includes weekend outings to the forest.  This time, although we went to a familiar place, I challenged myself to shoot with a different lens in order to get more light leaks, rainbows and sun flares in my images.  I think I achieved this, but I was really uncomfortable shooting with my 50mm and quickly realized that I like the results I get with my 35mm better.

This is the November edition of Into Something Better – the international blog circle that celebrates families 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 technique of freelensing during these adventures. 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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Until next time….xxoo Kate.


Kate Cuénoud is a family adventure and travel photographer and photo editor based in the Lake Geneva / Lac Leman region of Switzerland.


18 thoughts on “Into Something Better – Apples, Vaud, Switzerland – November, 2017”

  1. Your images always look so cosy and inviting! The lens flare through the trees is magical and have you freelansed falling leaves in one shot? >jaw drop< Nikki XOX

  2. I could smell the forest through your images. What a beautiful memory to document through this magic of freelensing. Stunning!

  3. Kate, I love being able to see the world and especially through the eyes of talented artists. This is a stunning place and I would love to walk it with you one day

  4. Kate, so many beautiful images! i love all the different textures, lines, colours and how you make them work together. that second diptych is so good with the leaf that looks just like her coat. and am always in love with wood. Lovely post. xo, Léa

  5. Oh Kate, looking through your beautiful images is always like taking a walk through my childhood. I can smell the forest, feel the cool air and hear the fire crackle through these. That diptych of your daughter and the red leaf is brilliant! And the light streaming through the trees, the way you caught little bugs dancing in the sunlight, the double exposure – amazing. What a gift these are.

  6. Wow, gorgeous nature photography AND poetry! You went all the way here.
    Glad you’re settling in. Moving is so stressful.
    I fell like “Fall” only lasted for about two days or three – good for you to catch the beauty! Love all the wood related pictures best. Trees, logs, the fire! Very earthy and cozy! Isn’t it amazing what emotions you can provoke with a couple of pictures?

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