Recently I was procrastinating getting to my writing and looking for inspiration. It had rained earlier that day so I got my camera out and decided to take a stroll around my yard and snap a few pictures.
I'm not a particularly talented photographer, but the point was not to take great pictures, but to observe my surroundings in new ways.
Today I thought I'd share with you some of the pictures I took that day.
This first one is of a wet leaf that had fallen onto my driveway. I thought it was interesting, not only because of the sharp color contrast, but also because of the juxtaposition of the actual leaf with the imprints left by fallen leaves when the concrete was first poured.
This next one is of my magnolia tree. It was the first time this spring I'd actually paused and noticed that there were blooms on the tree. Aren't they lovely?
Just past my magnolia tree is the street that passes in front of my house. When I glanced that way, I noticed a bird just standing there looking around. I'm not really certain what kind this is but I thought it was very polite of him to hold still long enough for me to snap the picture.
Circling to the other side of the house, I saw this lone mushroom growing near a patch of clover. Nothing really special about it except it caught my eye.
And here is a picture of an old stump hunkered down near the small creek that runs behind my house. It caught my eye as I remembered that its been holding its own there for many, many years and it never seems to change much.
I took many more pictures but these were the best of the lot. And I will admit that by the time I went back inside my house I did feel refreshed, inspired and ready to write again.
So what about you. Where do you go, or what do you do, when you're looking for a way to 'refill the well' or find fresh inspiration?
And since I have a new book out this month, I'm planning to give away a copy to one person who leaves a comment on this post today.
LONE STAR HEIRESS (Book 4 of the Texas Grooms series)
Awarded a 4 ½ Star review from Romantic Times
Rescuer Turned Husband?
Plucky Ivy Feagan is headed to Turnabout,
, to claim an
inheritance, not a widower's heart. That all changes when strapping
schoolteacher Mitch Parker rescues her in the wilderness. Straightlaced Mitch
has never met a woman like Ivy—beautiful, adventurous and good-hearted—but he
already lost love once and doesn't dare try again. Texas
When Turnabout's gossips target Mitch and Ivy's friendship, he proposes to save her reputation. But Ivy doesn't want to marry for honor, and she doesn't need to marry for money. Ivy will only agree to a proposal made for love's sake—but will Mitch make his heart part of the marriage offer?