I live in a big city and sometimes it can get a bit claustrophobic, even if Copenhagen really is a nice airy place without the tight big city crowds. The area of Denmark I live in doesn’t have a lot of wild nature, not that many forests or fields, and it’s a long commute if you want to get out where the trees are tall and you can really breathe in the smell of rain-wet leaves and moss.
I’ve found that when I’m feeling most stressed and anxious, and when I need that break away from noise and cars, that the best option is always to head for nature. Spend that one hour on the train and just breathe out while I look out the window at the landscapes blurrily passing by. I usually only pack a lunch and my camera and just head out there with no particular route in mind.
I only really have two forests that I can get to within a reasonable timeframe, so I know them quite well but still, I manage to find new wild places and hidden spots that I haven’t seen before. One time I even got lost when I went through some thick shrubbery. Another time I was wandering between the trees straight into a spiderweb loaded with very big (I want to say GIANT) spiders, that were now sprinting all over my body, causing me to have a panic attack as I’m quite arachnophobic. I went back though, and I still wander through the thick trees, only a bit more aware now that before.
Last week I went to the forest with Julie to try out the camera she just got for Christmas. We decided that we’d do a little silly photoshoot and practice our posing skills, as well as play around with lighting, framing and just laughing while we cheered each other on. I brought my new camera bag from FatFace along for the first time, and it was perfect! Just what I’d been looking for, chocolate leather, cute floral fabric inside, not too big but enough room for both my regular lens and my 50mm.
Julie found some funny translucent mushrooms growing on a tree, and while they looked very enticing, neither of us dared even touch them haha. We both like to hunt for mushrooms and forage things like twigs, leaves and the occasional flower (it’s winter ugh). It was a great day out and I’m so glad I have a friend I can really share my love of photography with. I used to not know anyone who shared my interests, but lately, I feel much less alone in my love of nature and colors, and all things warm and cozy. I hope you all have someone to share these moments with, and if not, come find me on Instagram!