An Apple Tree

Photo by Chris Stetson

Around here you wouldn’t know summer is on it’s way out because it’s still so warm. My friends and I decided to take advantage of a warm evening and do a little photo walk around our friend’s property. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get a shot for Dearest Nature and I wasn’t disappointed.

As the sun went down the light softened and everything around begged to be photographed. And while it is tempting, especially in this digital age, to just shoot everything in sight, I tried chose my shots carefully. Walking slowing through the rural property I came across a few things that caught my eye, a small tomato garden, the chickens eating in their coop, horses in the coral, and then I saw this one apple hanging from it’s branch. I had probably walked past it a couple of times that night already and plenty of other times when I had been at the property. But it was just then that I realized this was an apple tree, and it has actual apples on it. This made it that much more intriguing to me.

There’s something so interesting about the things that we just walk past day by day without giving a second glance. It’s one of the things I love about photography, seeing some beauty in a place or thing that most people would just walk right past. It gives me a reason to slow down and pay a little closer attention to what’s happening right in front of me instead of worrying so much about what I’m doing, where I’m going and what I need to do when I get there.

So even though summer is coming to an end and the kids are back in school or you’re back at work from a summer vacation, take some time out of your busy life. Close your eyes, take a deep breath and when you open your eyes back up, take a look around. Look out the window, see something that’s always been there but you never noticed before because you were in such a rush. It could only take five minutes out of your day and then you can get right back to the daily grind, but trust me, it won’t feel like such a grind any more.

Happy September.

About Chris Stetson

Chris is a photographer and graphic artist living in Temecula, CA. He grew up in a small beach town called Carpinteria which is just south of Santa Barbara, CA. He doesn't remember a time in his life when he wasn't doing something creative, whether it was drawing, painting, playing music, or playing around with cameras.

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