Tuesday, 1 September 2009

walking the land :: one

I walk every day - come rain or shine, blue skies or grey, hot or cold or somewhere in between. You have to do that when you have a dog, but for me it's (mostly) not a hardship. Walking the land gives me an intimate picture of nature and the changing seasons. I love that connection. I thrive on it. Walking is a daily ritual that connects me deeply with my surroundings. Admittedly I'm sometimes distracted by ball-throwing duties, but even Walter takes notice of the sea, and won't venture in very far when the waves are crashing.


Walking gives me a chance to pause and gather my thoughts, to have a conversation with myself. To think about what I'm doing and to mull over creative ideas. And to be outside is to be inspired - by beach and cliffs, by water, by the woods, the moor, and sometimes by a walk around town and along the prom. Often I find my doodles and scribbles are heavily influenced by nature.


A few days ago I walked up on the moor to a familiar spot, only this time using a route I'd not walked before. It's amazing the difference a change of perspective makes - seeing with a fresh pair of eyes. The moor was a blaze of purple heathers and coconut-scented yellow gorse. Of grasses blowing in the wind, with the sea glimpsed in the background.


On the horizon is the neolithic chambered tomb, Chun Quoit, one of the many ancient sites scattered around this landscape.



I felt like the land was mine. Birdsong, wind, rustling grasses, the sound of the sea in the background. No man made noise.

Just me, Walter and nature, doing her thing.

13 comments:

Gina said...

How blissful. I know I would miss my daily walks. The heather and the gorse are stunning together.

Pipany said...

Diana, these pics are amazing. I really love he heather and gorse ones and would love them blown up in my swing room. Aren't we lucky to live here? Hope all is well with you and I WILL email soon xxx

kristina said...

Such beautiful photographs. I do miss having a dog: the daily walks really do make you get out and learn to appreciate the landscape in all its weathers. K x

Simone said...

Beautiful inspiring post. If only I lived in such a beautiful part of the world. I am glad that Walter got a mention! x

sweetmyrtle said...

heaven!
xxxxxx

JuliaB said...

Lovely landscape, oh how I envy you! x

The Curious Cat said...

Beautiful passage. Everyone needs a way to reflect and time to think and you are right - walking can be very benefical. People often suggest walks to pent up people in order to help them 'calm down' after a bad situation. Fresh air and a different scene can help alter one's perspective. You are so lucky you have such beautiful surroundings to walk in. I'd love to walk every day with this kind of scenery. I do walk every day to work on a rather nice walk but it isn't a patch on this. Gorgeous photos! xxx

notesfromthefrugaltrenches said...

I too walk every day no matter what the weather. I need a dog as an excuse because people think I'm mad!!

Cottage Garden said...

Sheer bliss Diana - I am with you so much here! I'm missing my daily walk - due to work commitments I'm based in a town at present ...

We will try and get to Chun Quoit when we're down your way in a couple of weeks' time.

Thank you for this wonderful diversion from the rigours of office-bound life!


Jeanne x

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Diana
This is beautiful, thank you. The photos of the heather are stunning. Nature and walking - the perfect combination.
Happy days
Denise

cocoa and blankets said...

Oh Diana what a lovely post...I am not suprised that such beautiful surroundings cause you to feel so peaceful and centred...you are so lucky...

Diane said...

I too love to walk every day - no matter what the weather, but folk do think I am insane as I have no dog. I know we should get one. The heather does look really purple this year. Thanks for taking me on a walk by the sea. xx

Discerning Admirer said...

Nice hedgerow flowers. Maybe now is a good time to make flower pressings? They make interesting images.