24 January 2011
Mosaic Monday: Treasures Found on a Winter Hike
I love Mosaic Mondays so much that I start thinking about themes and images days ahead of time, both because it spurs my creative imagination and because I want to be sure I have time to create just the right image mosaic. I wouldn't mind a set theme, as we have for The Sunday Creative, but I also enjoy coming up with my own because it helps me think about my images in a new way and even plan for them ahead of time as I plan hikes and photo shoots. This week's theme came to me earlier this week when I went for a short hike in the mountains just south of town and forced myself to look for interesting things instead of bemoaning the lack of flowers and leaves and other "pretty" things. A pale seed head, lichens low on a rock, a fossil (yes, a seashell fossil, in the middle of New Mexico at 8000 feet above sea level!), and a disintegrating cholla skeleton are all beautiful, even if not "pretty," and the world around me is much more interesting for having noticed them. I can't wait to see others' mosaics -- try it out and see what you come up with!