Therapy Within The Camera!!

Well after all the craziness over the last couple of weeks it was time to escape and get away from the city this weekend. It was a chance to just hang out as a family, as well as finally get out and shoot some photos. I haven’t had much of a chance to get out with my camera as of late, so it was great to get even a couple of hours to explore around Echo Lake. I took a few shots and even ventured into taking some of these birds that I came across while I was  out. There is never a shortage of great places to shoot out at our lake. It was great being out in nature picking up the camera, it seems like it’s been such a long time since I was out shooting! As far as I’m concerned it’s the best therapy I could ask for.

Out at our cottage there is no shortage of birds, and on any given day you can see so many different types that you lose count. I can sit outside on our deck and watch all the different types flying from tree to tree within our property. So I decided to take on the challenge of trying to catch a few through my lens this week and this is what I came up with. I hope you like what I’ve been able to capture. Now if your going to ask me to try and identify them that’s where I get lost, so don’t even bother asking me because I can’t give you all there names. That’s where my father in-law would have been able to answer all the questions and name names.

As you know over the last week or two things have been a bit tougher on the pain front and going out for a few hours to get lost in my photography makes a huge difference. I’m able to forget about some of the stresses and believe it or not it makes a huge difference in the way I feel. So I scouted out a few places that I want to go next weekend when we are out there. I should be able to get out more often to shoot pictures now that we’ll be out there every weekend. I am very blessed to have such an amazing site to explore and take photographs like these. So this summer one of my goals is to explore more, and shoot a lot more pictures in the area. So over the next few weeks I’ll be putting up a lot more photos of where my journey’s take me. Please take a minute or two and tell me what you think of the photos.

Before we left the cottage this afternoon we went across the road to where there are some horses kept and I let my girls feed this guy. There were two other horses in the field but every time we’d go to feed one of the other horses this guy would push the others out of the way. Watching my kids laugh and giggle as they fed this guy was the perfect way to end the weekend. It was just a fun relaxing weekend to try and wind down a bit from what has happened over the last several weeks. Things have finally started to calm down a bit with our schedule so hopefully things will start getting back to normal with the pain as well. As I had mentioned in my last post things were getting pretty hard to handle last week. Things have peaked however and I seem to be getting things under control. I’ve also made an important decision that will help with things. Most of the time when I want to go out shooting pictures it’s just spur of the moment. I’ve decided that I’m going to schedule a time to go once a week even if it’s just an hour. It really is the best therapy and relaxes me as well. So we’ll see everyone next week with some new pictures!

About Ross

My name is Ross and I want to welcome you to my site. I’m married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and my soul mate all rolled up into one! I am the father of two very special girls who we adopted from China & Ethiopia. Together we make up one very multicultural family!

In 2006 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD. It was the start of a journey I never could have expected, and one that I couldn’t fight without God. CRPS is a chronic pain disease and it started in my left hand. I lost mobility of my hand and started to experience pain unlike I ever could have imagined. Not to long after my left ankle became affected. I spent the better half of about a year and a half not knowing what was going on in my body and traveling from doctor to doctor to find a diagnosis. As time went by I started learning more about CRPS and all its symptoms that it brings with it!

As I started to learn more about CRPS I felt the growing need to share the information I was learning with others and to raise more awareness. As well I want this to be a place where we can connect and support one another. So I would encourage you to contact me if you want.

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5 Responses to Therapy Within The Camera!!

  1. lisa says:

    Ross, this looks like such a wonderful place to be.
    It looks so beautifully serene.
    I am glad you enjoyed being there, and were able to get out with your camera.
    I hope you are doing well this week.

  2. casey says:

    Those pictures are fantastic!!! I don’t shoot enough of nature. I tend to shoot people (gosh, that statement is never going to sound okay to me…lol) but, I miss shooting nature. I think you have inspired me to try and capture some of the beauty around me a little more often! I love the lighting and the ruggedness of the terrain around the birds. Really beautiful pictures and the one with the white out background is so neat! Great job. I’m sorry to hear about your pain levels being higher lately. I wish I could take away the pain for everyone who hurts. It sounds like you may have found something to help a little and give you some relief? I’m praying that the relief comes soon in Jesus name and in the meantime yes, snap away because you are doing a great job and it is great therapy I agree!

  3. Tara says:

    such beautiful photos!! Love them!! Yes! Make sure you get out once a week to shoot it is so much fun! 🙂

  4. Chris H says:

    I love taking photos too.. though mine are a bit more mundane.
    It is good therapy I agree.

  5. Liz says:

    Lovely bird shots Ross! I’m not sure of US birds so I can’t help with identification. Perhaps if you link up with World Bird Wednesday, there are so many guys on there who could help. I’m wondering if the first and third are Thrushes. They look familiar from my many link ups with WBW.
    Photography is the best therapy I have found. It allows me to lose myself in my passion, and forget about my pain levels & problems. It sounds like your cottage is in such a lovely place. It must be so nice to get away like that.

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