“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” Helen Keller
Recently, I joined other hiking enthusiasts to climb up Overlook Mountain in the central Catskill Mountains near Woodstock, New York and the Rhinebeck region. The climb was an uphill battle and workout with spectacular views awaiting us. I met/saw many free spirits along the way; especially as my first stop before hitting the trails was Woodstock.
“Here the free spirit of mankind, at length,
Throws its last fetters off; and who shall place
A limit to the giant’s unchained strength,
Or curb his swiftness in the forward race?”
William Cullen Bryant
From Overlook Mountain, I climbed the 60-foot (18.3 m) Fire Tower to capture more views of the Hudson Valley landscape below, including the Hudson River. It was a feat, like jumping out of a plane, that gave me great joy. The Tower rattled and swayed, ever so gently, as the winds swept over us 60 feet above. It was both exhilarating and nauseating.
“A free spirit takes liberties even with liberty itself.” Francis Picabia
For this week’s photo challenge, I’ve added shots from the hiking trip, some shots of the feisty birds/seagulls I featured on my blog once, and I’ve added tonight’s special: the fabulous blue moon. “Blue moon is the appearance of the third full moon in a season with four full moons. It is never really blue. The term has also been used to refer to the second full moon in a month.” Wikipedia I tweaked the color of my moon but that’s it. The rest is exactly as my camera caught it. Hope you enjoyed the spirit of the submissions. More below!
“I like to be a free spirit. Some don’t like that, but that’s the way I am.” Princess Diana
Hope you enjoyed the outdoor, free spirited venture…. Do come back soon. Have an awesome weekend! Thank you for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on Free Spirit to fit the challenge? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you!
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My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta & WP Daily Post below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and Likes from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – Free Spirit – also below. ***
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Free Spirit. This week’s photo challenge is guest hosted by Strauss Louw. Read on for more about this week’s theme and photography tips! Free Spirit. I chose this as the topic for this week’s photo challenge as it lends itself to so many possibilities for subject matter and composition. I work exclusively with film and believe this element is quite important concerning a theme such as the free spirit, as it allows for more experimentation and creative exploration due to how film reacts differently to light than a digital sensor would.
To capture this idea of the free spirit, I would suggest breaking some rules. Sometimes it is necessary to overexpose a frame slightly and point the lens to the sun for a bit of glare to capture that sense of a different, free, moving reality. I shot this image at the Fish River Canyon in Namibia on a road trip with a dear friend of mine who likes writing and always keeps her typewriter close by. When she took it out and started writing at the edge of the canyon, it was just too perfect of an opportunity for some interesting shots to pass on. Share a photo—film or digital—that means FREE SPIRIT to you!
Positive Motivation Tip: Free Spirit… A warrior who doesn’t hold back even when the odds are stacked against her is free to go down any path… Follow your heart to that path.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.
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