Into Something Better: Sturbridge Conservation Area, Massachusetts USA May 2017

Hi friends,

This is the first edition of a series of blog posts I am doing as collaborative with a group  of very talented photographers from all over the world.  Heather Robinson initiated this blog circle, and invited me to be part of it:  thank you, so very honoured.  This series has for purpose to share our adventures in the wild. We all share a love for going on short or long adventures in nature and we love taking our lens of the camera for a fun effect (called freelensing”).
It is no secret that i love spending time in nature, and that it refreshes me.  It makes me feel alive.  I am grateful that my kids share this love of nature and adventure.
I thought I would be able to go on some wonderful adventure in may, but all we had this month in Massachusetts is rain, rain, rain and rain. I kept waiting for a nice day but it never came, so yesterday I headed out to our local conservation area, which is just around the corner form our house.  We actually call it the swamp and most of the wildlife we see consists of snakes, which gets Dyllon, my 6 year old, very excited.  Luckily I did not see a snake yesterday, but we found some beautiful wild flowers in the water which now adorn my kitchen table.  I confess that I struggled to shoot this because I am longing for sunshine and summer looking photos 🙂
I would like to introduce these images with a lot of green, thanks to all that RAIN, with a poem:

Sleeping In The Forest by Mary Oliver
I thought the earth remembered me,
She took me back so tenderly
Arranging her skirts
Her pockets full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before
A stone on the riverbed,
Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars,
But my thoughts.
And they floated light as moths
Among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
Breathing around me.
The insects and the birds
Who do their work in darkness.
All night I rose and fell,
As if water, grappling with luminous doom.
By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times

Into something better.

Next on the circle is the work of Kelly Sutton from a Thousand Oaks, California.  I have admired her work for a few years now and you will not be disappointed, and my guess is that it will be a lot more summery :-).
You can read and admire Kelly’s work in this link.

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16 Comments

    1. thanks so much Kate

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  1. All the rain and water is beautiful. I love these moments and that you now have those flowers in your home.

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    1. Every time i can bring home some wild flowers it’s successful outing. When i go out for a run I keep stopping pick flowers, i have got my priorities right 🙂

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  2. Oh that much green goodness. So gorgeous!

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    1. It so green here, at first i really struggled to take photos!!! green casts galore! lol

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  3. Léa, you make this rainy day look beautiful. I never realized you lived in MA until recently. I grew up on the South Shore and am moving back with my family this summer 🙂

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    1. oh really! moving back to the South shore? by cape cod? i love the shore, I wish were closer to the coast! I love New-England!

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  4. Fabulous location. Such a beautiful collection. <3

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    1. thank you Céleste! so touched you left a comment on my blog! have admires your work for so many years. xxxx

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  5. Heather Robinson May 31, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I think the rain made these photos even more lovely. I love the depth and the rich greens and blues here. You captured your son’s wonder so beautifully. Such a gorgeous collection of photos!

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    1. thank you Heather. He absolutely loves everything about nature and that makes this mama really happy. xxx

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  6. This reminds me of an article written called “Who taught us to hate the rain” As children we embraced the variety of the seasons and all they had to offer. There is magic in the pure pleasure of a rainy day, thank you for cementing this truth.

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    1. so true! my kids love getting wet in the rain, especially when it’s warmer!

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  7. All the deep green and spring flowers in these images take me right to MA and how lush it must feel with all that rain, and the world waking up again. SO beautiful Lea. Love that one that is blurred of your son in the tree branches especially.

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    1. thank you Melissa! yes it is so lush here and the grass grown faster than i can mow it this year, but Massachusetts is beautiful!

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