Have you ever noticed how when you buy a new car, suddenly you notice that car everywhere? And if you or someone you know has an ailment, it seems to be the topic of every news report and article out there. I've been experiencing something similar since writing my last post, the one about choosing an uplifting quote to focus on while walking. Suddenly I'm aware of just how frequently the image of walking is used in speech. I've started a list, though I'm sure there are more.
- take baby steps
- step in time / step in
- one step at a time
- walk the line
- spring in your step
- a step in the right direction
- step out of line
- step/go out on a limb
- march to the beat of your own drum
- one foot in front of the other (one of my favorites & quite seasonally appropriate)
- step out of ones comfort zone
I've had a little experience with that last one recently. In late August a friend told me about a photography contest, where the winning photos would appear in a calendar to raise money for the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust. If you've been reading this blog for any time, you've surely heard about or seen photos of Lincoln. The town is a living postcard of rural New England, and one of my favorite places to go walking.
My first reaction to the idea was "You're crazy". I've never studied photography. I take my photos with a Cannon Powershot, a cheap point-and-shoot. There was no way that I was qualified. But the more I thought about all the reasons I couldn't do it, the louder my gut asked "Why not?" So I decided to submit a photo,
About a month ago I learned that some of my photos had made it through the first cut. I didn't know how many or which ones, but I decided that just getting that far counted as a success.
Then just this week I learned that TWO of my photos had made it into the calendar! Yes, I admit I did a happy dance, which may or may not have startled the birds on my windowsill at the time. And today when I actually saw the finished calendar and my photos among the work of such talented photographers, let's just say Christmas came early.
Here are my winning photos. (That's really fun to say).
If you'd like to own your own copy of the calendar and see a bit of the real New England (rather than the same old over-photographed spots that appear in most calendars) they can be purchased through the LLCT for just $15 plus shipping. The profits go to preserving open space in the town, maintaining Lincoln's rural character and caring for the 375 acres already in conservation. Part of that mission is maintenance of the miles and miles of public trails that crisscross the town.