When I opened my blog to write this post I could almost hear the silent accusation of abandonment. It’s been a month since I was last here.
I haven’t been ill, or involved in any crisis that demanded my attention. I’ve simply been busy living life elsewhere.
Decembers are like that – decorating, shopping, planning, cooking, cleaning … and then there are the parties and other gatherings with family and friends.
All good stuff.
Unlike last year’s Arctic freeze, this December has been relatively mild with glorious days of sunshine. So, squeezed in with all the other stuff of life, I took advantage of this nice weather and spent some time outdoors whenever possible.
Unfortunately, this month I’ve taken an extraordinary number of really bad photos. A few weeks ago I suddenly developed an eye problem that’s affected my close-up vision. It’s like trying to see through a lens that’s covered in Vaseline.
I’ve seen my ophthalmologist and been told the fix is a simple procedure … well, as ‘simple’ as a procedure can be that involves a laser poking a hole in your eye.
The end result is that until my vision is corrected, seeing clearly will continue to be a challenge. It affects my ability to read (the horror!!), and of course taking a photo in focus.
Needless to say, it hasn’t made me wildly enthusiastic about getting behind a camera, but I try. Even with auto-focus on a camera, you’d be surprised how challenging it can be to take a photo.
.. and for those of you who have kindly asked me to post more of my art from the painting classes I’m taking, I will close with a piece that I finally finished this month. It look an extraordinary amount of time to complete – largely because I had to redo the background 3 times.
In the end, I was happy with the result. I have a whole new respect for artists and their craft.
Happy New Year everyone and best wishes for 2019!
Changing Seasons is a monthly photo feature hosted by Su Leslie from Zimmerbitch.