It has been a wild few days of winter weather in the lovely south west town of Busselton, Western Australia and on the beautiful Rainbow Farm. This has brought about some fantastic morning sun rises with beautiful colours.
It also has brought some sadness as a few of the old trees that I love to photograph or have been waiting for the right moment to get that perfect photo have fallen down.
At the end of the road from Rainbow Farm there is a group of trees in a paddock which I admire every time I go past them and often ponder on how to photograph them as they are nestled in the corner of a paddock with fence line running down two sides of them. I did manage to get the below photo one day when a rainbow was just in the right spot but unfortunately now the foreground tree has been snapped at the base in the wild weather and will no longer be a source of joy to me in my travels.
It makes you wonder on what we leave till later in life . I have revelled in the fact that I no longer do portrait photography and have the stress of getting it right on the day ; that I can take my time and if a shot doesn’t work I can come back another day or season to get that perfect shot. Unfortunately nothing lives or stays forever . This can be a good thing in that in every sunrise or sunset shot I take in the same place is always different and sometime more beautiful.
The joy of new life is always a great time to celebrate and as the season changes I can see all the new life springing up everywhere . With my daily routine of sunrise images it has become a joy to share them as special celebrations of new life when a baby is born to have a special reminder of that day with the sunrise image of the day and a short poem and dedication to the new baby.
I remember the joy that was brought to a friend of my mothers who was in his nineties and finally had to leave his beautiful farm and move into a care facility . I told several photographs of his farm and house for him to have framed on his wall and in the few years that he lived in that care facility he remarked that it was beautiful to remember his farm days through those photos.
This can also apply to our beautiful animals it is cruel that their lives don’t last as long as ours and we are left without them after so many years of joy. The great healing power of photography is that you can have that beautiful reminder of a family friend for always.
Have you lost a loved one or had to move from your long time family home? Would you love to have a reminder of them maybe taking the sunrise or sunset for the day of that change in your life could be a beautiful reminder of the person. If you are between Perth and Augusta in Western Australia I am able to come and take photos of your beautiful home and animals to remind you of them.
I am reminded of a poem by Robert Frost
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.