Spring Enthusiasm

Before the April showers begin (as they surely will), I’ve been making the most of the sunny spring weather with long walks and gardening. I’ve also been enthused by the E-Book “How to Find Creative Inspiration” and the project #Make30photos to spend time idling about outside in the spring sunshine. The E-book has lots of ideas for getting out into the real world to find ideas and inspiration (instead of scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest) while the themes listed in Make 30 Photos encourage us to “Make your photos, don’t just take them”.

As ever, I’ve muddled the two together in my latest enthusiasm to  build a creative habit. Obviously, I may have a completely different enthusiasm next month, but for now I hope that the discipline of doing something creative for thirty days (not necessarily in a row) will form a lasting habit.

Clump of stinging nettles in spring

Photographing a clump of stinging nettles for Fill the Frame with Colour led to a little creative baking of  …

 

Batch of Stinging Nettle & Cheese scones

… a batch of Stinging Nettle & Cheese scones. Delicious cut in half and buttered while warm. Pretty tasty cold too. Especially with a slice of ham.

 

Jelly print of 3 bottles

Things in Threes became a jelly print rather than a photo. A jelly print made with a stencil this time instead of my usual botanic jelly printing.

 

Plantain leaves growing in spring

The advice to “Let your mind wander”in the E-Book section Take Time and Make Time  has been rather too easy while “… mindfully notice things” coupled with photographing “A Snail’s Eye View” led to a pleasant time crawling around with my camera in the grass paddock, hoping that I couldn’t be seen from the Yoga Studio.

deadnettles and ladybird in evening sunshine

It wasn’t until I looked at the photo on my computer screen that I noticed the ladybird under the deadnettle leaf, so I need to open my eyes and look a little more closely in future.

Toad in grass

Even I couldn’t fail to see this chap lurking in the field as I nearly trod on him. Possibly not the ideal view for a snail lest it gets gobbled up.

It’s fun working these two little projects in tandem and I’d recommend them both to anyone with the tiniest creative urge.

 

 

* Read this article to find out the best time to make stinging nettle scones. Hint: Now

6 thoughts on “Spring Enthusiasm

  1. This is a great idea Anne. I am amazed at how often I take photos and it is not until later that I notice the tiny details in them. Those scones look delicious. Off to check out the e-book now.

    1. You could use herb or perhaps silverbeet leaves instead of nettles for the green element. Usually, I notice something like a pole sticking out of someone’s head or my shadow when I look at the photos.

    1. Try the scones Julie – they don’t taste too strong (especially with a generous amount of cheese). Just the thing to eat as you contemplate your garden 🙂

  2. Your scones look delicious. We have a patch of nettles which I would use if I could be absolutely sure that the dog hadn’t peed on them but I can’t! I always feel happier when I’ve spent some time in the garden with my camera. It’s one of the best forms of switching off I know. Hope you’re keeping up with your photographs and getting as much enjoyment out of taking them as we do looking at them 🙂

    1. I do worry a little when I pick the nettles as I’m not sure what’s visited before me. I just hope that pouring boiling water over them will kill anything untoward.

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