I love the fuzzy background you get from a narrow depth of field – it tells you look, this is the bit of the image I want you to focus on, the rest is just setting and context. Sometimes it’s helpful to be able to see the bigger picture, to look at everything across the frame with equal concentration, but sometimes it’s just too much and distracts too much from the main subject.
Right now in life I feel like I need to focus in on the little bit of world right in front of me, and blur out all the rest into fuzzy obscurity. Not ignore it or pretend it’s not there, but just have it all sitting there blended softly into the background, allowing me to focus sharply on noticing and nurturing the immediate details of my everyday reality closer to home 🙂
According to the label, this indoor plant is a ‘Boston Fern’ although I’ve renamed it my Bed-Head Fern because with its tousled fronds it always looks like it’s jumped straight out of bed without checking the state of its hair! 🙂
Z is always such a difficult letter for April A-Z, and this year is no exception, so I’m using a little creative artistic licence and going with ‘Zero Regrets’.
Zero regrets for having persevered with my alphabetical posts throughout lockdown – 26 out of 26 in a timely manner is a decent achievement, and even though I had to change quite a few of my planned posts to fit my new restricted circumstances I stuck with my original topic.
Zero regrets for having moved back to Inverness at the end of last summer, and for having bought our lovely 1930s bungalow – it’s such a huge change from our little Victorian one-bed first-floor flat in London, but is all the more welcome due to the current stay-at-home strategy.
Zero regrets for the precious back garden view from our kitchen window, and for the peaceful enjoyment of sitting quietly in my plant-lined conservatory with a cup of tea and a good book, listening to the birds outside singing their hearts out for spring…
There are certainly a lot worse places to be stuck at home during a pandemic than here in Inverness 🙂
For this year’s A-Z I’m going to take you on a photographic tour of My Inverness, Past andPresent. I grew up in the local area, I went to school here and brought up my three children here, but I moved away to London for 18 years before returning home for good at the end of last summer.
P.S. My initial plan for my A-Z posts has necessarily been curtailed somewhat due to the current coronavirus pandemic, but we’ll get through the alphabet one way or another, however creative my use of subjects may have to be – so thank you for visiting Inverness with me, and I hope you enjoy our trip!
The hyacinth bulbs I planted at the beginning of the year, kept in the cold and dark of the garden shed for 10 weeks, then sat on the conservatory window sill watching the green shoots coming through are finally flowering – and what a beautiful deep purple colour they are so far! 🙂
My Weekly Smile this week is made up of a selection of some of the little everyday things to be grateful for in life during this difficult time of coronavirus crisis and lockdown limbo – so for me, that includes tasty comfort food in the form of chicken stew and creamy garlic mash, beautiful bright flowers cheering up my conservatory on a spring-showery day, a multitude of yellow daffodils waving in abundance in my front garden, and the beautiful blue skies of the Scottish Highlands while out for a walk close to home ❤