Posts Tagged 'nature'

In the Wilds : : Hiking on the John Muir Trail

Hello! Hello! I hope you’re having a fine and beautiful August so far! Last week I returned from a big adventure—my husband and I went on a 10-day backpacking trip in the southern Sierra Nevada (in California). We hiked a section of the John Muir Trail (starting in over Kearsarge Pass and out over Piute Pass for those of you interested in the specifics).

It was everything I hoped for in the adventure: magnificently epic scenery, and plenty of mental and physical challenge as we hiked over 6 passes and spent much of the trip above treeline.

I took my Holga camera loaded with color film and just barely captured the technicolor blue of some of the lake-mountain vistas we saw. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the trip. My most favorite photo I took is the one of my husband with his hiking hat and red kerchief (second to last below), and then there I am in the last photo with my hiking “bonnet” (found at the thrift store for $4 before our trip). Enjoy!

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Walking in the Mountains

This summer, I’ve been out walking in the mountains . . .

It’s about an hour’s drive to trailheads, and then we go out walking, and walking, up higher and higher, until there is nothing but rock and water and sky.

{Took these photos with my Holga camera in the Indian Peaks Wilderness}

My Stomping Ground

I’ve broken out my old Holga camera these days and have been wandering around in the wild beautiful places near where I live.

I took my first roll of film right in my backyard, quite literally—these are the views of the natural space right by my house, where I take my dog walking in the mornings and afternoons. I walk out my door and across the parking lot and street, and this is where I am.

It takes my breath away regularly. I love the expanses of wild grasses and the light glowing across the fields and mountains in the morning and evening. I took these pictures one morning in June.

I’ve been spending my summer weekends wandering the high mountains near here and have taken two other (black & white) rolls of film up there. I’m hoping to get to a darkroom soon and print some up and share them with you. It is so phenomenally beautiful up there, and I have been loving nothing better than to spend days walking and looking. There’s something so basic about it, and the landscape above tree-line is one of my favorites—it’s so open and sparse; just rocks and tiny plants right up against the sky.

I hope you’ve been finding some time to spend somewhere beautiful! Happy wonder-filled day!

October

October is my favorite month of the year—it is that golden month when the leaves are changing and the air is getting crisper. Since we moved to Boulder, I’ve been looking forward to driving over to visit my parents in October to see the high mountain fall colors, and we did just that this weekend. Driving over Independence Pass was an absolute revelation of Fall! I loved it! Here’s a peek, accompanied by a poem I stumbled upon last week. Enjoy! Hope you’re having a chance to get outside in your part of the world and see something magnificent!

October
by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow,
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know;
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away;
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Oh Wide Blue Infinity

I’ve been taking lots of pictures of clouds lately, and here is one long blue breath of infinity from my sky to yours . . .

Happy deep breaths to you!

Hello Clouds!

Did you know that there are clouds in the summer in Colorado? This is a phenomenal revelation for me! I do love blue skies and sunshine {maybe even more than most}, but during the summer in Davis, California (where I used to live) there will be endless weeks of hot days without a cloud in sight to give you respite from the sun. I often found myself there in July or August just waiting for a cloud to roll by, or {gasp} a rainstorm.

Here in Boulder there is a good supply of both. I love it when I’m sitting at my art desk in the afternoon and the light outside starts to dim, and then a low rumbling of thunder rolls over, and the wind kicks up through the trees, and before I know it the rain is pouring down. Never have I found so much delight and novelty in small weather variations! As always, it is the small things! I hope you’re having a lovely breezy day wherever you are!

Wing Songs

I was sitting at my new desk, in my new office, in my new home yesterday afternoon, and I was watching the birds swoop from tree to tree. I can see BIRDS from my new office—it’s on the second story, and so birds glide right past my window!

So, I was sitting at my desk waiting for a new drawing idea to fly in, and it’s no wonder that when it did there were wings in it. I was feeling quite happy and soaring myself, and I wanted to write about it. I wanted to write about how some days you are just going along doing your humble doings, and quite by surprise you find yourself feeling so contented and happy. It’s moments like these that make me realize that the real flying happens when you just keep doing your work, one little thing at a time.

“Wing Songs,” 8 x 10 inches, prints available here in my shop

Happy day to you!


Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Some Thoughts

"Be thirsty for the ultimate water,
and then be ready for what will
come pouring from the spring."
~Rumi

{from "Joy at Sudden Disappointment"
translated by C. Barks.}

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