Photographing West Texas After Rain

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The other day I was getting frustrated and feeling trapped since I had been spending most my days indoors–working. I wanted to get out and go for a walk. It had rained earlier in the day and the thunderstorms were still present all around, but the weather was beautiful and the rain had stopped, so I grabbed my camera to photograph Texas.

It was peaceful and good for me both physically, and mentally. It cleared my mind to be out in the world. It was a chance to photograph for my own pleasure, and for my imagination to roam freely into the realms of story telling.

Many a story and idea have been sparked by a single photo and that day I had pictures to take and experience.

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I photographed this just as the bird was taking flight while the sun was beginning its descent from the sky. All else was quiet as I listened to the birds coo for there was a multitude around me. When I moved, they moved: flocks of them soaring into the heavens and creating the sound of wind stirring gently among the trees.

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The ground was moist and the air was filled with the aroma of earth and rain. I wandered alone, enjoying the simplicity that life can at times offer, away from the harsh realties that seem to crowd our days.

It was a perfect evening and one I won’t forget. Life is filled with perfect evenings and splendor, but it is up to us to go out for a walk and to find it for ourselves.

~Jillian Ivey

 

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