Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D), most of us feel it this time of year. My personal feed on Facebook shows symptoms of it in most of my friend's posts. "When will it be spring?" We collectively moan. "I can't take one more ice storm!"
I feel it, too. Not just in my personal life where lack of barefoot walks in the woods has left me feeling disconnected and, I'll openly admit, a touch on the ornery side, but also in my professional life. Sessions are confined to indoor spaces which, after being cooped up all these months, can really feel stifling. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my new backdrops and working indoors, it just feels limiting sometimes when I look outside and see beautiful evening light...falling on hip-deep drifts!
We, the Rees family, have recently discovered that we're gaining another ten sticky fingers and ten muddy toes. In September of this year, there will be five of us! Both our children are over the moon with excitement! Us parents are just a little overwhelmed. Another baby means we need a bigger house and that means we've got to move! So, add the chaos of moving a family of four to the stress-citement of bringing another child into the world, and that equals mere seconds of quality time with my camera! Where walks in the woods make me feel connected to nature, time with my camera (whether I'm shooting specialty meats for a local vendor or self portraits to record my first-trimester mini bump) really connects me to that other part of myself; the artsy oddball!
Well, this morning when I walked out of the house BARELY on time, the fog hanging halfway down the treeline screamed, "STOP! Go back for the camera!" And I'm glad I did!
After just a few minutes of tromping around, my toes were freezing and I was feeling better than I have since October! Being a little late for work was worth the renewed positivity I gained! I may have left the scene just a little less pristine than I found it, but all that snow will be gone before you can say 'summer bonfires!'