Serenity Circle - October 2019

Welcome to October's Serenity Circle.  October started off anything but serene! We had very unsettled weather which brought flooding to many parts of Aberdeenshire during the last part of September and the start of October.


Hubby and myself were caught up in the flooding on our way home from a small town called Huntly.  At one point we thought we'd have to abandon our travels and seek accommodation overnight, but thankfully we found an alternative route home which was safe to travel.  Others weren't so fortunate and had to bed down in places like Banff overnight.  

Video of one small coastal village badly affected here:  Flooding in Aberdeenshire

The power of nature is what all art strives to be.  The more we can get in tune with the harmony of the planet, the more our art can benefit from that relationship." - Rick Ruben


Yes, nature can be very powerful and destructive but it can also be very beautiful and serene as well, and it is this side I feel drawn to capture.

"Every cloud has a silver lining."
-- Unknown --

Ha ha, very true, "every cloud has a silver lining" only sometimes you have to don a pair of wellies to go and find it, lol! 



 "Nature does not hurry, 
yet everything is accomplished."
-- Lao Tzu 

We are smaller in number this month but never-the-less big on sharing our passion for photography and all things serenity.  

We're heading across the pond to Ohio next to visit Eileen with her post "Something New" Sounds intriguing and I'm really looking forward to reading what Eileen has to share.


About: We are a collaborative group of photographers from various parts of the world - some working professionals, others hobbyists like myself. The Serenity Circle represents a wide range of photography genres with the common theme being serenity moments experienced and captured during the past month. This particular circle was established in April 2015 and is one of the longest running of its kind online. It was set up by Nadeen Flynn, multi-genre photographer and teacher from Northern California. Nadeen has since stepped aside from the circle and moved on to other ventures both online and beyond and we wish her all the very best. The Serenity Circle goes live on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Comments

Eileen said…
Oh my the flooding is horrible! Nature can be beautiful and scary. I love the spider web image! My "default" tends to be macro so trying to branch out a bit here and there... the opposite of you! Love all of these images, Wendy.. gorgeous work as always.
Wendy said…
Thank you Eileen. I am hoping to try something to take me out of my comfort zone this winter. I love still life, nature and macro but would like to try something different.....maybe street photography or food photography. I took a food photography breakout but haven't really practised food photography much.
Joan Showers said…
Wendy, the video is terrifying. I've never seen anything like it. Your work is beautiful. I assumed that all your flowers were macro. However you captured them, I love how you grouped the colors together.
Nadeen said…
Oh, my word!!! The flooding!!! Nature can be so destructive, and yet so beautiful. You have captured both. Beautiful work, Wendy.
Wendy said…
Yes, it was scary in places Joan. So many roads were affected. We tried to warn drivers in places where we had to do a turn around, but people weren't taking heed and ended up driving into roads where they couldn't turn due to vehicle pile ups! It was a crazy day!
Wendy said…
Thank you Nadeen. Wouldn't like a repeat of that day any time soon! These are the 2nd floods of similar proportions I've experienced. First time was in Inverness some 17 years ago. The water flooded houses, a hotel where a couple were getting married and had to be boated to safety! Shops and businesses were also flooded. Aberdeenshire had floods back in 2015 and they were even worse! That was near the Queen's holiday location.
Wendy said…
Joan, meant to say, Yes most of my nature images are macro but not 1:1. I used my Nikon 105mm macro lens for the web shots. I rarely use this lens because it produces a different 'feel' to my images. I like it but not as much as my Nikon 50mm lens with extension tubes.
Anne said…
Wow, these are very pretty.
Wendy said…
Thanks so much Anne!
NKAWoods said…
Wow, Wendy - some of those photos are terrifying! Mother Nature is so beautiful, but never fails to remind us of her power. Beautiful photos, I love your macros and find it interesting that most are shot with a 50mm and extension tubes. I usually grab for my Sony 90mm macro, I need to reach for the extension tubes more often.
Wendy said…
Thank you so much Nancy! You really should try your extension tubes. I was surprised at how much I love using them. I have never used them with Lensababy lenses however.... that's for another time!
Jessica said…
Dear Wndy, thanks for visiting my website.
I love your moody and dark tones photgraphies so much! They give calme.
Wendy said…
Thank you so much Jessica. It was a treat to visit your website.