The innocence curiosity of children

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.

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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.

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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.

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Christine Moran has published a poetry collection Dancing in the Rain – The proceeds are donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. To find out more about Christine visit


4 thoughts on “The innocence curiosity of children

  1. Nice! I love how it has changed your perspective and made you more mindful of your surroundings. I bet a dog walk will never be the same again! My partner is also doing the challenge. He is actually a professional photographer who regularly takes nature pics so he was like ‘hmmm- same old same old’ but I have seen him become a lot more purposeful with his intent each day to get THAT SHOT.


  2. Im so pleased you enjoyed the challenge Sandy! These exercises slow us down beautifully and allow us to be simply in the present moment; such a simple concept but something I feel we all overlook as we’re always trying to get from here to there, wherever ‘there’ is!

    And many thanks too, for airing my book; this is much appreciated. 😊


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