A Shift in Focus

A couple of weeks ago, Jessica posted the first of her Self Assignment photography projects. Since I was about 281645 posts behind in my Google reader, I totally missed out on submitting something, but I haven’t been able to get the theme out of my mind.

“Ground Level”

You can interpret the theme however you like, but what I took it to mean was a literal change in perspective. Sometimes life is just so go, go, go. We see everything as a big picture but forget to pause and focus of the finer details in life.

I’ve been a little stressed lately and as I sat around the other day, I realized that what I needed was just of a change in perspective.

Then I thought, what better way to do that than to immerse myself in a bit of nature’s beauty?

So I went to the park by my house…you know, the one I got lost in for about two hours after I first moved into the neighborhood? Well, the good news is, I’ve learned from my mistakes and I paid a bit more attention to where I was going this time…

Plus I had pictures to act as my “breadcrumbs” 😉

The entry to the park from my neighborhood

And one of the only “bigger picture” perspectives that I shot.

After that, I changed my focus…

There were so many things I noticed that day that I wouldn’t have seen had I just gone for a hike.

I loved the way you could literally see autumn taking over in all the colors of the leaves.

And of course it was just nice to sit a while and listen to the stream.

After spending about an hour in the park shifting my focus, I started back to the house.

But not before I felt some eyes focussing in on me!

What do you do when you feel you need to “shift your focus”?

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10 Responses to A Shift in Focus

  1. Catherine Tyson DaCosta says:

    That’s awesome! We were jogging this morning (early, light was just beginning to dawn), and I saw something ahead. I said to Erik “is that…?” and next thing we know, three deer are jumping through the field we’re jogging by. Their hind legs and tails going so high! Beautiful picture :-)

  2. elise says:

    oh my gosh. seriously. heather these are GORGEOUS!!!

  3. Jessica says:

    I love these, Heather :) You were definitely able to capture some of the finer, more peaceful and yet so easily overlooked details in life. What a great way to relax!

  4. This is a beautiful post! I need to do something like this… but Texas fails at fall 😛

  5. I love these photos! I’ve always been a big fan of photos of the texture in trees and plants, and rusty stuff is great too! I don’t like the photo of the spider though… EWWH!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! I’m not a big fan of creepy crawlies either…actually, I don’t do bugs in general…even lady bugs kinda creep me out, but this little guy was just begging for a pic! Just stay off of me and out of my house and we’ll be fine! 😉

  6. Melinda says:

    Wow, those are really gorgeous photos! You definitely have an eye for photography.

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