Recently, Christine Moran, a friend I met at a creative writing group, posted a challenge on my Facebook page. The challenge was to take a photograph of nature every day for seven days. My initial reaction was: do I have time for this? But, eventually, one day I took my iPhone with me when I walked my dog Poppy in the local park.
Normally, I walk round the park while Poppy does her own thing, sniffing and exploring. My thing is usually thinking. Thinking about life in general, some piece of writing I’m working on or some tricky poetry exercise set by James Nash, our course mentor. But, on this particular day, I was on a mission, I was consciously looking for a photo opportunity. It soon came when Poppy flushed out a duck from the edge of the small lake, followed by her ducklings. I watched as the flotilla set sail and took my first photo of the seven day challenge.
I have completed the challenge, but find I now look more intently at nature; the colour and shape of the leaves and flowers, the cathedral like formation of trees, the branches, the tracery of gothic windows, and the constantly changing clouds in the sky above.
Undertaking Christine’s challenge has made me aware that writers, to write well, must, if they have lost it, rediscover the innocent curiosity of children.
Christine Moran has published a poetry collection Dancing in the Rain – bennisonbooks.com The proceeds are donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. To find out more about Christine visit https://journeyintopoetry.wordpress.com