I may enjoy the solitude, but I am definitely not a hermit. At least not just yet. I do get outside a couple times a week, just to get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air and get some much needed motivation. There really isn’t anywhere to go so I just walk around listening to music, letting the beats pulse with my steps. A couple minutes of shooting hoops gives me positive energy and a chance to really blow off some steam.
Creative things always are sparked in solitude. The freedom to express yourself without distractions is always a great thing. It is nearly impossible to get my thoughts together when there are so many people around and there is a lot of external noise. I can study better when I’m alone, as was evidenced by my failing grades when I tried to bring a social life into the situation and encountered distracting thoughts. But sometimes being around people produces much happier thoughts and there is the intentional and unintentional collaboration that goes on when I have another person discussing things back and forth with me.
Christopher Paolini, author of the bestselling novel Eragon and one of the youngest authors in history, has spent most of his life alone in the beautiful wilderness of Montana, writing fictional novels inspired by the breathtaking landscape that includes mountains and endless lakes. He was homeschooled at the age of 15 after having graduated high school.
Being in solitude is healthy for the mind because it relaxes and brings out good emotions. Good ideas are born in alone time. Even greater ideas are born when someone is alone for longer periods of time. You become one with yourself and discover some truly amazing things. Just don’t sink too much into it or you may go insane.
Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus, a place that can get packed with over 110,000 people on Game Day. This was a practice game between the offense and the defense. I don’t know who won if it ever matters. It was the first time I had ever been to the stadium for real, save for maybe one time when I was just a tiny infant and had no awareness. Jim Harbaugh is going to bring the Wolverines back to their glory days. He is the saving grace for everything that is Maize and Blue. Look out, Spartans, because big brother is aiming to take back the coveted throne – and you’re starting with a freshman quarterback next year.
I haven’t done a Cee’s Which Way challenge in a while, mainly because I’ve been trying to see how it fits in with my blog, which is constantly trying to find direction, that great beacon of light. While on my hiatus, I got some interesting pictures of “The Way” on my travels. Showing the exit or entrance of a fast food place. Sun setting over the ride on the road home. The Coca-Cola truck in Illinois again. Previously featured here.A big sky landscape overlooking a Meijer parking lot. Archway of a Mexican restaurant, fences separating two different entrances. A very elegant setup, actually.
This is a poem created using Magnetic Poetry and I was inspired to use it after a fellow blogger used it as well and provided a link to it. Quite fun, actually.
Harmony in Pure Nature
By nature’s secret
Only of the spirit
Dark air could light intuition
Live like an insect
Through thick root
If you have life
Never know wild grass is
Her deep sacred rose &
Beautiful as said spring prairie
Always breathe above earth
See me in bright sanctuary
Rest in vivid river song
Sun over a cold dawn fruit
A cross between two worlds, something for you and me You have the winding dirt road with the coming or going steamer And the electric waterfall with the reflective waters and trees These two pictures were taken from the same locale And combine three of the main elements: earth, wind, and water The landscape and seascape pictured here are beautiful But there is one scape that I believe trumps them all, is the most unrestricted I call it the dreamscape, a place where my memories collide, Forming the most interesting scenarios, being able to travel far and wide My photo journey continues to be one of learning And next year is going to be the year I start turning 2014 was an eye opener, cutting away from old habits, 2015 will be the year to hone my craft and hop along to perfection like the furry white rabbits
As the car was speeding by on the highway, I took some pictures of this amazing night sky. The right side of the picture has motion blur from the car moving fast and incorporates the element of speed into this otherwise restful scene. This was featured in Solitude.
This would have been good for “Solitude” as well. There is something special about those two picnic tables touching and the tree to their left adds a nice simplistic touch. The single person swimming in the gigantic lake makes the environment look way superior in comparison. Silver Lake again, or what I call “Mystery Lake” since there are rarely any people swimming in it and it looks so dazzling in the evening. I captured the rippling of the vast water that looks like a sheet of glass. Again, the three people near the shore makes the natural environment much bigger and humans smaller in relation. This winter scene, taken in January, is probably one of the finest photos I have taken in some recent time. It didn’t start out in this breathtaking format though. I had to edit it in CorelDraw, adjusting the contrast to give it that “rich” look, and adding in a snowflake filter. It incorporates a disturbance to loneliness with the snow that has been tromped through by me. #photo101