My reaction to this month’s photo challenge theme? Intrigued and apprehensive. Intrigued because “Photographer’s Choice” doesn’t come with constraints. And apprehensive for the same reason.
Within seconds I decided that I wouldn’t just wait until the end of the month and then post my five favourite images from October. I would come up with my own theme. I considered a one lens challenge, thought about choosing one location to photograph as creatively as possible, contemplated pursuing a set of lens flare photographs and mulled over several other options.
After a few days of careful thought, I decided to showcase 5 Calgary parks with wetland features:
- Exploring Calgary parks is one of my favourite ways to enjoy nature in the city;
- Autumn is a great time for spotting migrating birds in wetland areas;
- Wetlands play a vital role in the water cycle and ecosystems;
- In addition to creating my photo set for this post, I could gather material for a series of Calgary parks blog posts; and
- I could also find some more geocaches on our long, slow road to 4,000 finds.
By mid-month I’d been to the Weaselhead Natural Environment Park, Prince’s Island Park and Ralph Klein Park.
Then I made another choice…one that meant I had to abandon my first choice (at least for now).
That second choice? I allowed adrenalin to override common sense. I valued perseverance and indomitable spirit more than self-control. The result? A knee injury that has me spending an hour a day on physiotherapy exercises. Even worse, my physiotherapist asked me not to go out walking for the first week post-injury. Even now I’m supposed to stick to city sidewalks. It’s a hardship not to be out and about, free to explore and enjoy the great outdoors. There’s a certain unaccustomed flatness to my life that I’ve tried to convey by stripping most of the colour from this month’s photographs…
NOTE: I used a tripod and the Triggertrap app and dongle to make the three photographs that show me working on my physio routine. (Are they still selfies?)
I can’t wait to see what everyone else came up with for “Photographer’s Choice.” If you have another few minutes, head on over to A ‘lil HooHaa to browse host P.J.’s take on this month’s theme and for links to the rest of the entries.