Last weekend I finally had some nice time off out in Mother Nature. It was long awaited – and needed. My love one and I went out paddling in the waters around the San Juan Islands north of Seattle. We didn’t have the best of weather, but it was nevertheless incredibly refreshing for body, mind and soul and – after a longer period of having drained myself too much – filled me with new creative inspiration. This is something everybody working creatively needs to do on a regular basis, and I have previously written about this in the post Replenishing the Creative Well.
Over the last couple of months I have been all over the place, visited four countries I have never been to before, and in between moved to a new apartment in Bergen, Norway – all while doing my regular work. Well, travelling was mostly part of the regular work, but the numbers of pictures from any of my travels will usually amount to almost insurmountable time of editing and photoshoping – no matter how efficient I actually am.
We had a couple of splendid days off the San Juan Islands. The combination of physical activity, being outdoor and not the least not having to think about everyday’s demands, was relaxing, refreshing as I said, and, yes, replenishing. Of course I could not let go of taking pictures, which never was the intention anyway… The weather actually made for good photo opportunities. Blue sky and burning sun isn’t really the dream condition for any photographer, while the changing weather conditions we encountered always make for more interesting possibilities – photographically speaking. If anything, I only missed paddling among some orcas. This is supposedly the time for doing so around the San Juan Island, but none of the big animals showed up for us this time.