Finding Quiet In The Wild


I'm starting a wee hashtag on Instagram--my first sort of "please join me" thing that calls for a bit of participation, which is a bit daunting. What if no one participates? It would be like planning a party and then having no one come. But let's push the fears aside and go for it anyway, let's find #quietinthewild together this year. So what is "quiet in the wild?" It's when you find a moment of calm in nature. When you manage to briefly escape the cacophony and storms of life and find that hush in the middle of the woods, or ease in your heart when you stand in the windy dunes above the ocean. Visually this translates to majestic pictures of nature--empty landscapes free of crowds and cities that give one a sense of awe or serenity. Photographs can include a person experiencing that quiet for themselves, or shots that let the landscape speak for itself. Morning mist-filled fields as the sun rises, or a silhouetted figure against the backdrop of the night sky and a thousand constellations. The wild will change with the seasons, but feeling will be the same. If it sounds like something you'd like to join in, then just add the hashtag #quietinthewild to your quiet photographs this year on Instagram. I'd love to share my favorites on my IG account and here as well...if anyone joins me!

Beauxo beret, Modcloth scarf (similar), old coat (similar here & here), vintage skirt, backpackModcloth heels

Finding quiet in the wild is a phrase I came up with when trying to think about my blog and my favorite images. It's supposed to be a direction forward for 2017, an idea to guide my images, but in a lot of ways it's just a phrase that describes what I've been doing since the beginning. It takes me back to when I first started blogging in 2007 and I'd escape my classes and "real" job to go take pictures by myself in the woods and fields around my university. It was a little escape from my routine and a fun exercise in creativity. Back then I used to long to live in a city and wished my photography didn't center on empty forests, but now shooting outdoors, in quiet bits of nature feels like coming home. These are my favorite spots; where I feel most myself and creatively inspired and very little, but in a good way. Small in the vastness of the universe, but not insignificant.

Beauxo beret, Modcloth scarf (similar), old coat (similar here & here), vintage skirt, backpack, Modcloth heels

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19 comments:

  1. Your Instagram account is sooOooOoo beautiful! I will be joining the hashtag for sure when I have something relevant to post!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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    1. Awesome! Thanks Charmaine! So excited to see what you share :)

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  2. I LOVE this outfit! The vintage skirt is ADORABLE, the beret is so cute, and I love the hashtag! Lovely as always, Rebecca!

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  3. When I want a quiet time, I go to our webcam set up in our sunroom at Marble Mountain in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I pretend I am sitting there in the sunroom and looking out over the peaceful and quiet scene there. Perhaps I will post a photo of this sometime on #quietinthewild. (If I can figure out how to do this.)

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  4. Your beret is so cute! I am obsessed with this look!
    xo
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  5. Love your blanket scarf!

    Liv

    www.livforstyle.net

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  6. Lovely post! Amazing mix colors! I love this shoes!

    xo
    http://maisondemilla.blogspot.com.br/

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  7. I can't wait to join in! You explained your vision so beautifully; I feel as though my heart understands you mean, not just my head. I'm excited to see what is to come with this!

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

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  8. I'm going to be in some desert and mountainous regions both in the US and abroad, so when I go on vacation I will definitely join in on #quietinthewild

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  9. I understand the feeling you mean with your hashtag, it's a beautiful sensation: I find peace in the wild too, but also in books or painting. It would bè interesting a "quietinthebook" hashtag too :) I remember an essay by Tolkien on escapism in fantasy tales and fairytales. See, there are so many points of inspiration in your post.
    By the way, the vintage skirt is so lovely ;)

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  10. You have such an amazing style! :) The vintage skirt is absolutely beautiful! 'Small but not insignificant' - love that!

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  11. Aww your quiet in the wild pictures are beyond adorable! Are you shooting all of them with the 50mm? Is it 1.2? We have the 1.4 and it's a wonderful and super affordable (hard to find with objectives) one. So fun about the hashtag, I definitely will join the hashtag whenever I have an opportunity to share in Instagram a picture that could be included :)

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  12. Beautiful outfit :)

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  13. This is exactly the reason why I love your blog; it almost feels like opening up a fairy tale book :)

    http://http://www.dangerouslyme.com/

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  14. This is definitely the type of thing I would join in with!!

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  15. Love your photos! This hashtag is a great idea! :)

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  16. Your style is awesome, looking so pretty
    Chic

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  17. I am SO excited for this hashtag. I live an hour from the Rocky Mountains and go visit frequently but never really take pictures. So changing that!

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