Category Archives: Nature Photography

Seeing with New Eyes

Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

Yesterday morning as I was walking toward the lake I stopped suddenly with a “Whoa… Cool!”  The beauty of the morning mist hovering over the lake stopped me in my tracks.  This is not an everyday occurrence,  but it is also not that rare.  It does leave me in awe every time I see it however.

I continued on and stopped for a minute to take a moment to soak in the beauty of the moment.  When I turned back to the trail I saw someone on their porch and said, “I was just admiring the mist on the lake.”  He looked out and had obviously not noticed it.  Then I said while pointing, “That bank of clouds over there looks like it is actually touching the lake.”  He then paused for a minute, looking, and said. “Yeah, it does… Cool!”

As I continued on my walk, I realized that this is what my life is all about.  Living my life, walking in the truth and sharing it in gentle and subtle ways as I go.  I need to be reminded of that a lot.  When we first moved here people laughed at me… a lot.  I was just that crazy woman who walked all the time.  But now after watching me for three years I am seeing people making changes in their own lives to become more healthy and mindful.  Our best teachings come not from our words, but from the way we live.

As an artist I believe it is my joy, pleasure and responsibility to let people get a glimpse of the world through this artist’s eyes.  In fact all awakened beings share in this, artists or not.  It is only through seeing glimpses of what life not only can be but is if we only open our eyes to it that people will begin to realize the reality that they have created for themselves does not have to be so.

So as you walk through this life be open to your own opportunities to see the world through new eyes.  Live and walk in truth and love and others may have the same opportunity through you.

The Hand of God

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

Last week Bob and I were sitting on a bench by the lake at sunset as we often do.  That night the sunset was complex, changing and very interesting as Mother Earth went through various forms, shapes, colors and cloud formations.  I took several versions of the photo above focusing on a gold outline within on of the clouds.  Days later when I finally loaded the photos on the computer I did not see the gold sparkle, but I did see something else —  a hand reaching down out of the clouds.  On Facebook my sister-in-law called this the hand of God.

It may not be often that we see a physical representation of the hand of God in this particular way, but if we look carefully we can see the hand of God at work all around us.  The sunrise allowing us to start over each day, the sunset promising tomorrow, the kindness of strangers, a smile, babies, rainbows, people coming together in times of crisis and tragedy, moments of silent reflection, the beauty of nature — all these and more are visible signs of the work of God on this earth.

Where have you seen the hand of God lately?

 

The Morning Walk

Our first summer here I was very diligent about getting up for sunrise.  Last year, not so much.  Flooding in the area where I normally walk prevented getting the shots of sunrise of the lake I love so much.  Then as the weather got colder I moved my morning routine inside and began the day with yoga.

Today I decided to go outside while it was still cool and took the camera along.  It was cloudy so I pretty much gave up on getting good photos.  Until I walked down the end of the dog walking path and turned around to come back.  Then I saw an amazing sight.  The sun reflecting off the clouds.  While not the spectacular sunrises I love to capture, it was beautiful in it’s own way.

I’ll leave it to you to find the lesson in this one.  It is there, but it might be different for you than it was for me.

Here are some of the photos for you to enjoy while you figure it out.

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The First Step to Taking Really Good Nature Photos

Remember to take the camera.  That’s it.  This first step to taking good nature photos is to take the camera with you.  You will never get the perfect once in a lifetime shot if you are out in the woods and the camera is sitting at home an hour away.  Don’t even ask how many I’ve missed — like all of our eagle sightings.

This post does not have a photo because of course…  I forgot to take the camera.

Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’…

Sunrise on Grand Lake O the Cherokee, Oklahoma Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Sunrise on Grand Lake O the Cherokee, Oklahoma
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Greetings from beautiful Grand Lake O the Cherokee in the great state of Oklahoma! It is also our new home. I get up early in the morning and walk the equivalent of about a block and a half to the water to watch the sunrise and spend quiet time with Father God and Mother Earth.

Isn’t this a beautiful view to start the day?

Close Encounter of the Wildlife Kind

We live across the road from a lake/nature area that is one of our favorite places to walk.  We do see wildlife there, like the turkeys that took over the road last week.  But this kind of up close and personal wildlife sighting is unusual.  This time I had the camera which is unusual.

Two Little Deers Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Two Little Deers
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

When we first say the fawns they were directly in front of us on the sidewalk.  Mom was nowhere in sight.  We stopped in amazement at these two little ones, still with their spots.  Then we started walking very slowly toward them talking quietly and gently.  I was able to start taking an occasional photo without frightening them.

Mom to the Rescue Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Mom to the Rescue
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Mom intervenes and eventually gets the fawns into the tall grass.

In the Tall Grass Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
In the Tall Grass
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

They stay in the tall grass, feeding, until finally, the white flags fly and they go bounding across the field, disappearing over the ridge.

Celebrate Take a Walk in the Park Day

Spider web at Cholco
Copyright 2010 by R.O. Robbins

I am known for my daily walks. I will walk anywhere, anytime, but my favorite walk is in a park in the early morning.

I agree with Thoreau, “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” The world is still quiet and you can be alone with your thoughts or enjoy the silence. Early morning is also great for wildlife watching. You can also catch some great photos, like the one above.

We know the health benefits of a good walk and we know it can help regulate our mood, but there is more. Walking is also a way of quieting our minds and helping us become centered.

This is a day worth celebrating. Come up with your own reason, but a great way to celebrate is to go for a walk in the park.