Summer is here and the strawberries from the farmers' market were better than any I've had for years. There was some taste testing of a recommended strawberry shortcake recipe, but like Christmas traditions, nothing is quite as good as our way (or your way, round yours).
I wanted to do something special to celebrate the summer solstice, but I was in the grip of a summer cold, so the best I could do was observe the beautiful colour of the sky from my bedroom window as the last light disappeared from the sky. If nothing else, an exercise in letting go of expectations which is always timely.
I'm preparing for the summer season. Last year I had a wonderful experience of photography as grounding, of a meditative tool to keep me fully present. I hate it when I feel that a season has slipped past, and last year I really took the time to observe all those little moments that make up the season. What helped was the Phone Photography Project at Big Picture Classes, and I really like the pictures I took too. I'll be taking it again this year, and it is still open for registration if you're interested. Similar, but with different feels and purposes are Susannah Conway's Photo Meditations (October 2014) and Vivienne McMaster's Be Your Own Beloved (June, closed and Fall tbc). I've taken both and wholeheartedly recommend them.