Serenity Circle - January 2019

Welcome to the first Serenity Circle of 2019!  The Serenity Circle is a monthly collaborative photography project made up of photographers from around the world sharing images and moments reflecting peace and calm.  The genres within the group may vary but the subject remains the same.


The image above was captured whilst exploring the countryside recently.  I noticed these sheep grazing in a field on a slightly sloping hillside late into the afternoon and stopped to photograph them shortly before the sun sank down behind the horizon.  I watched for a while as they wandered about the field without so much as a care in the world or an awareness of what was going on in the rest of the world for that matter.  They live in the moment and that's what I wanted to capture.

 "Adopt the pace of nature.  Her secret is patience. "
 Ralph Waldo Emerson


Time seemed to slow down standing there and it felt good soaking up this peaceful scene. 

"The faster we live, the less emotion is left in the world.
The slower we live, the deeper we feel the world around us."
Stanko Abadzic 

And so when it comes to New Year intentions, taking time to slow down and connect with what's right there in front of me is one of the things I aspire to this year. 

Do you have a new year's resolution? Please feel free to share. I'd love to hear.

Next in the circle is the very talented Maibritt Olsen, fine art photographer from Houston, Texas with Ring of Fire.  So sit back and get ready to enjoy my very talented friend's post as you continue to follow the circle around.

22 comments:

Eileen Critchley said...

This is gorgeous, Wendy! I Love the sheep! I love your resolution to slow down too. It's so important!

Wendy said...

Thank you so much Eileen. 👍

Lavender Lime Photography said...

Yes, I love your thinking! Slowing down has showed me so much in life. Beautiful image as well, it’s so dreamy!

Wendy said...

Thank you so much Emily. 👍

eph2810 said...

This is indeed a very peaceful image, Wendy. I love the softness of the surrounding. And I totally agree with your words; taking in what surrounds us keeps me going in photography.
I don't have resolutions (I break them in the first week), but I always choose a word. This year is courage. I want to share images that speak to me, and don't want to worry too much what others think about my work.

Lori McLellan said...

Wise thoughts! I think the world is shifting a bit and we are learning to slow down. I know I've vowed to spend more time in nature to aid in that.

Wendy said...

I agree Lori. People are start to enjoy the natural things in life again. 👍

Wendy said...

Love your word for the year Iris. I've been learning not to gauge my self worth as a photographer on the likes I receive/don't receive on social media, etc. I used to be absorbed in such and miserable as a result but these days it's more important that I can enjoy my photography without this burden. I post what I enjoy and am grateful if others enjoy such too, but if they don't, it only matters that I've done my best. By the way, my word for the year is "steadfast". 😘

Kristen Ryan said...

Love your words and beautiful images, Wendy! I love how getting out in nature helps to slow the clutter of my mind :)

Wendy said...

Thank you Kristen. Nature definitely helps soothe the mind and gives you space to think for sure. 👍

Unknown said...

Lovely thoughts and images Wendy, I love how the sheep in focus is the only one looking your way in the first image!

Wendy said...

Thank you so much Unknown! I had to really focus to capture this as the sheep was beginning to move uphill. Had to anticipate the sheep coming into the plane of focus before pressing the shutter. All good practice.

Amy Smith said...

Love your words and how the images resonate this theme.

Vesna Armstrong said...

Beautiful images and lovely monochrome processing, Wendy. Glad you mentioned slowing down as an important thing in today's rushed world. I have had a concept of simple, slow life revolving around nature on my mind for about a year now and am still learning how to embrace it completely. It is definitely the best and healthiest way to be both for the mind and body. x

Wendy said...

Thank you so much Amy! I enjoyed putting both together this month.

Wendy said...

Thank you so much Vesna! So good to have you visit the blog again. 😘

Unknown said...

These are so beautiful Wendy! I love the painterly feel to these. Are they taken with your new Sol?! I totally agree with your thoughts about being mindful and in the present. Definitely something I would like to work on this year!

Nadeen said...

I absolutely love these and your perspective on serenity this month.

Wendy said...

Thank you Nadeen. I enjoyed this particular afternoon practising slowing down.

Wendy said...

Hey Unknown! Thank you for dropping by my blog today.

Yes, these images were both taken using the Sol 45. It's a nifty wee lens. Really light and brilliant for out and about for this kind of image. I also added texture and a Topaz painterly effect to create an old-worldly look.

Nancy Armstrong said...

I love your sheep and the way you captured them. I have the Sol; I need to break it out more often.

Wendy said...

Thank you Nancy! Would love to see your Sol images. It's a great wee lens to get creative with.

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