November 3, 2016

Walk With Me . . .

I go for a walk most every day. On the treadmill. Around the neighborhood. To the park. Along the nearby trails. Many times I take my camera along.

I'm starting a new series called Walk With Me. My plan is to turn my daily walks into little trips of discovery. To pay attention to both the details and the overview of my surroundings. To see the little things that are often overlooked. To record the things that catch my eye or inspire me in some way.

When I did my Color Inspiration series, I was specifically looking for color in my world. Paying attention and really seeing color. With this new series, I'll be challenging myself to simply see more. Wildlife. Texture. Shape. Line. Composition. Ordinary things. Extraordinary things.

There is no big plan. No set schedule. Just walks and photos.
I'd like to invite you to walk with me . . .


As I leave my house each day, this little red brick sidewalk leads me out into the world.
And this is what I found on a recent little stroll around the park.


Lots of wildlife caught my eye. The park pond has always featured frogs at all stages of life. Tadpoles. Little froglets. Big voiced bullfrogs. Bunnies have now invaded and multiplied. And squirrels and birds are plentiful.

The wildlife around my home has always captured my attention. Birds visit the feeders and birdbath in my backyard. I especially love to watch the robins take a bath. Mama raccoon and her babies visit the tree right outside my bedroom window on a regular basis during summer nights. The great horned owls hoot on and on from dusk long into the night. An occasional skunk wanders through the yard. The coyote howls often wake me in the middle of the night. The cows bellow in the field . . . and sometimes right behind our fence if they've managed an escape. Deer are more infrequent visitors off in the distance. Thankfully the mountain lions, bear, moose and elk that are common visitors in many Colorado towns are seldom seen nearby.


I attribute my wildlife watching to my dad. He had a good eye for spotting animals while on country drives we used to take when I was a kid. He paid attention and that's what I want to do. Pay closer attention to my world.

I encourage you to get out and take a walk. Bring your camera along and really look at the details of your surroundings. Maybe something will spark an idea. Inspire your next quilt or creative work. Or simply brighten your day with it's beauty.

Hope you will enjoy walking with me. I'd love to have you join me.

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14 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I'll enjoy your walks with you!

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  2. I couldn't help but notice all the greens in your pictures. You can take a quilter out of her studio, but not the love of green! Great photos, especially Mr. Froggy.

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  3. I try to get my walk in every morning, before I do any sewing. Quilting is my reward for getting my 10,000 steps in early. I'll be joining you on your walks each day.

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  4. Nice series! It's actually amazing when you stop to count all the animals you see, or all the sounds you can hear. I miss getting to go for a walk with you every day so I'll look forward to these posts <3

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  5. What a beautiful walk you have! Loved seeing all of the wildlife.

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  6. I've had a few walks this way while we've been traveling. What is it about new surroundings that make us "see" more? As you note, the challenge to is keep that level of observation in familiar places. Your new series is inspirational!

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  7. All that on ONE walk! Wow...I'd love to walk with you in real life Anne! I walk most days but never see the range of wildlife you do! Or maybe I need to be more observant. This will be a fun series, and look forward to our next walk!

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  8. Oh, what a GREAT idea! I am constantly seeing things and saying to myself, I wish I had my camera with me. I need to get more intentional about bringing it. I have been admiring several other quilter blogs who include their photography of other things in their blog and now this GORGEOUS post of yours. What a beautiful world you live in. I would love to do a post like this (and give you credit for the idea with a link to your blog) if that's ok with you?

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  9. I walk a lot but don't usually bring my camera with me. Like Janice maybe I'll try to bring my camera. You photos are lovely.

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  10. Looking forward to each new post about your walking adventures. Have fun and I'll enjoy it all from my computer screen! I walk everyday too. Just love the great big outdoors!

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  11. I look forward to following you on your walks. I do most of my walking in the afternoon to get a break from my desk at work.

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  12. This is such a lovely concept for blog posts. For me, walks are about appreciating nature, but usually not for quilt-making inspiration. I'd like to walk WITH you to hear what you have to say about what you're seeing. I'd pick your brain to see how you come up with quilt ideas from these walks. I'm sure my brain doesn't work like yours does. :-)

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  13. A very nice walk. Love your photos.

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