Saturday, November 22, 2008


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If you tried finding the title word in your dictionary or even with your trusty search engine, you didn’t find it, because the term comes from Amy Sakurai’s amazing mind. Amy was kind enough to share her brand-new word with me in her comment on my last post, and I have found that it suits my needs perfectly. Thanks, Amy.

Today, I devoted much of my day to theraphotography. I spend two or three hours out driving around and exploring some new sights. As usual, I have no original ideas—none. The day’s adventures were inspired by all the reading and exploring that has come before, but the four most immediate influences were: Amy’s addition to a photographer’s dictionary, Paul Butzi’s post on finding peace of mind with one’s camera, Paul Lester’s post re. Winter light, and Mark Graf’s post on tree hugging.

Lately, I have been sticking pretty close to home—with a brief foray or two down to Cub Lake which is all of a mile away. Today I definitely needed therapy, and, for me, that meant exploring with my camera. I can explore light without leaving our property, but the tree part definitely involves some travel. Although we have a beautiful view to the northeast, the thing we don’t have much of on our property is trees. I have been missing my ash tree—my twenty-year friend—and I definitely needed to go hug some trees. Anybody’s trees.

So, out I went. My intentions were simple: play with some old ideas, as well as some new ones ; chase some winter light; and lavish love on a few trees. As always, I can’t predict whether the photography part pleases anyone else but me. However, I am certain that the therap(y) part was totally successful.


  1. Great word and a wonderful posting. I agree getting in the car and driving around exploring and taking pictures of what you discover is great therapy. A wonderful way to clear your head.

  2. Beau - Amy certainly got it right. Photography may not be one of the least expensive therapies around, but I'll bet it's one of the most effective.

    By the way, I fixed the link on the first thumbnail.

  3. Couldn't agree more - it is some of the best therapy around. Thanks for the link.

  4. Mark - Your post is still lingering in my mind, because I am a tree lover. When I browse through a few folders of my photos, I find a great number of the pictures focus on, or at least include, trees. I am hoping that my honoring their beauty is a form of hugging.


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