Author: dsmcknight

Writer, reader, daydreamer

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Hiking – As Good As It Gets

It’s Friday and all I can say is – FINALLY!  I’m one of those folks who lives for the weekend.  And when the weekend comes, I try to make the most of it.

Last weekend, my brother and I went hiking.  Hiking has become one of my favorite activities.  After being cooped up in an office all week, being out on the trails is quite restorative.  

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Being 51 years old, I can remember the time before cellphones and the internet.  I gotta say – those were some good days.  We didn’t have crap being shoved in our faces 24/7.   Living in a rural area, we had an antenna for our television.  We could count on ABC, CBS and NBC and when the weather was good, we might get PBS.  We knew our neighbors and we looked out for each other.  

I spent my childhood playing in the woods, floating on inner-tubes in the river and hanging out at the fish house where I got my first “job” heading shrimp.  I was in second grade.  That job gave me spending money and later helped buy my school clothes.  It taught me the value of honest work.

I look at the world now and realize that we (my generation) were the lucky ones.  Our parents weren’t hovering over us every moment.  Seriously, it never occurred to my folks that it might not be safe for my sister and I to be floating on inner-tubes in a river by ourselves.  They told us where we could float and they expected us to listen.  And we did.

I see kids now – still in elementary school carrying cellphones.  Their little faces glued to the screens.  I can’t help but wish that I could wave a magic wand and drop them in the middle of 1976.  No cellphones or video games to occupy their time/mind. Instead, they’d have the opportunity to explore the world around them, to build forts, walk the woods, catch clams and chew on sour weed.  

The world wasn’t perfect then.  It’s not perfect now.  But for a kid – growing up “unplugged” was about as perfect as we could get. 

Maybe that’s why I like hiking so much.  For a few hours, I’m on an adventure, exploring new paths with no unwanted interruptions.  I’m unplugged and I’m lucky.

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I loved Harry Potter.  Still do.  There’s something about the story that speaks to the possibilities – escaping the humdrum and finding that bit more…

Photography, in its own way, is magic.  We can capture moments in time and create images that inspire our imagination.

These images were from my latest light painting effort.

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Wishing you a magical weekend.

-Deb

 

Putting a Little More Life in my Daily Living

This past month has been a busy one.  I turned fifty-one.  Somehow, I thought it would take longer to reach middle age than what it has.  I celebrated my last day being 50 by target shooting and going for a 5 mile hike.  All in all – it was a good day!

My spare time has been spent playing with my camera.  I’ve given light painting a try and I’ve found it to be a fun, creative outlet for ridding myself of the day’s stress.  Below are a couple of the photos I’ve taken.

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Loved the reptilian feel of this one. Is it me or can you see a snake too?

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Light painting with a crystal ball

Back in January, I started an exercise program through work.  Tomorrow begins week 13 of the 14 week challenge.  At the beginning of the program, I had to choose some motivational quotes that would inspire me along my journey.   One of the motivational quotes I chose was:

                       Three months from now, you will thank yourself.   

(I looked but couldn’t find the author of the quote.)

It’s been 3 months – and I’m so thankful for the changes in my life.  Life is so much more fulfilling when you are taking advantage of your time instead of letting it drift away.

There’s more hiking, target practice and camera time on the calendar and much less time in front of the television.

Here’s wishing you lots of living!  Have a great week!

-Deb

P.S.  Less television also means more reading time.  I’m a huge fan of YA novels.  Recently finished John Mantooth’s – The Year of the Storm.   It’s got a bit of a Southern Gothic feel.  A little different from my usual reads but really good.         

 

Photography – My Work in Progress

Photography is something I really enjoy.  I love trying “new to me” techniques.  A couple of weeks ago, I tried my hand at light painting.  This week, I worked on HDR Photography.  As I live in a rural area, I decided to focus on what is around me – which is a lot of water.  In the near future,  I’d love to drive to Wilmington, NC and try this in the downtown area.

So here’s a couple of my first week’s attempts:

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Gotta love spring time weather in February – nothing better than getting outside and enjoying the warmth!

Here’s wishing you a wonderful week!

-Deb