If there is one thing that doing this 365 challenge has given me, then it has to be to appreciate my surroundings more and to see them in a different way. I now look around me and think about whether it would make a good photo or how I would photograph it – what angle, which lens etc. I am by no means an expert but I see things very differently now.
This morning I was driving to work and whilst stuck in traffic I noticed lots of things that I just wouldn’t normally see. There are lots of bluebells in people’s gardens which give off a beautiful blue hue. The gardens are generally looking much more colourful now. There was a tree, not sure what type, on the roadside that had lots of growths of tiny branches and leaves coming out of the trunk that were a lovely red colour. I would stop and photograph it on my home but there are road works so I won’t be able to get near it. It just looked great though – really unusual.
I always remember as a child, tutting when my mum would admire the autumn colours or stop to look at a flower or something and be embarrassed by it. However now I catch myself doing the same thing. Sometimes the beauty of my surroundings takes my breath away.