“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, “the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.”
So last year in the middle of my first 365 I thought of this thing – a ‘365 outside.’ Our daily life captured with two of my greatest passions – photography and the outdoors. You see, I’ve always relied on nature on even our hardest of days: when the kids are cranky, outside seems to be the magic cure. When I’m stressed, a short walk never fails to clear my mind. I have the natural world to thank for so many milestones in my life: the love of my life asked me to marry him at a mountain lake, and we were wed a year later near the base of one of Oregon’s most beautiful mountains. I was hiking when I went into labor with June, funny enough. I’ve grown closer friendships through love of nature, and met strangers on the trail that somehow always seem like old friends through that shared love of the natural world where we aren’t stuck behind screens. One of my resolutions this year was to get outside every single day, even if just for a few minutes. I want to find beauty in the ordinary, or something I may normally overlook – a parking lot sky at the grocery store (see above), or a park we’ve been to a million and one times (see below). This project may not always include the kids or my husband, and on busy days it may just be a trip outside during my lunch break at work. But I hope this projects sparks some passion in my photography journey, inspires my children + helps guide them on their relationship with the outdoors, and perhaps even inspire a few of you reading this to step outside on your best of days & also when times get tough. So here goes nothing – a year outside. I’m pretty darn pumped!
“Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”
— Terry Tempest Williams