Carefree – Right Here, Right Now

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I love taking morning walks with my daughter. It feels good to get exercise in the morning, and when you’re taking a walk with a 4 year old, you’re forced to be mindful. Many stops is an essential part of the adventure. Admiring the view, looking at animals, identifying the shapes of clouds (a dog, a dinosaur etc,) feeling the wind, smelling different scents, jumping in some muddy puddles..it’s all part of it. Every minute I spend in nature with my little girl is very valuable to me. There is no price tag on this, and this special time will not return. It’s true that every time is special with a child, and in life in general, but I am surely very grateful for this time. Right here, right now. 

 

The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Right here, right now, is a priority for me. It’s a priority to spend as much time as possible with my daughter, in a positive nurturing environment, where she can thrive and develop her self according to her interests. I don’t believe there is a one size fits all model for parenting. Or for life. I do however believe that it is my responsibility to live fully present, enjoying right here, right now. For my daughter, and for myself. Life is in this moment.

Tell me your thoughts below!

 

Yours,

Maria

Ambience

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I thoroughly enjoyed the first light this morning, walking through this walnut groove in northern California. The ambience  created by the old crooked trees, the cold winter air, the frozen ground, and the sun conquering the morning inch by inch.

What have you photographed with exceptional ambience? Perhaps you’ve visited a spectacular garden, indulged in a candlelit dinner, experienced a roaring fireplace on a cold night, or enjoyed some laughter with friends in a wonderful place?

Join the weekly photo challenge Ambience! Feel free to post a link to your post in a comment. I’m trying to check out as many entries as possible. It’s always so inspiring to see many different takes on the same theme.

 

All the best,
Maria

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

I rarely write posts about technical photography stuff (this is not going to be one of those either.) I’m not a very technical person. My photography is more about finding the right light, and being absorbed by the moment. However, even though equipment isn’t everything, great tools for the trade helps. Through the years I’ve used many different cameras, and different lenses. I’m not a Canon, or Nikon girl, I’m more both. Lately I’ve heard a lot of good things about a very inexpensive Canon lens, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM. This is not an affiliate post, I was just curious about the lens, and decided to try it out. Here is my five favorite photos, out of the twenty I took today.

 

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This was the very first time I tried this lens with my Canon 80D. The 80D has a cropped sensor, and I haven’t tried it with a full frame sensor yet. So far I am very pleased. The lens is super light weight, and for the price, it’s going to be a great compliment. It’s sharper than the 18-55mm that came with the camera, the closest range lens I have to this one. The 18-55mm lens retails for a higher price, so this 50mm is a winner, if you compare those two. I would go as far as saying that the autofocus on the 50mm is faster as well. If you’re on a budget, and looking for one versatile lens for your Canon camera, I would recommend Canon – EF 50mm f/1.8 STM.

 

Have an awesome weekend!

Yours,

Maria

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After The Storm

 
After The Storm Wood Print featuring the photograph After The Storm by Maria Jansson

 

I’m currently in northern California. According to many people we’ve had the worst storm in ten years this past weekend. The wind is still screaming outside my window, even though not quiet as fiercely. There’s been some extreme flooding, and even causalities in this storm. Over the border, on the Nevada side, Reno is severely flooded. I’m thinking of all my friends there, and their livestock. Several of my friends had to evacuate their horses. Many people are without power. It does look like the worst of this storm is over. I’m praying for a speedy recovery for those affected by the storm.

 

Love & Light,

Maria

One Way

One Way Street Wood Print featuring the photograph Portrait Of A Working Horse by Maria Jansson

 

Meditation and art combined, helps me relax, take a break, and escape. I’m a minimalist. I don’t own more than I need. I could pack all my (and my daughter’s,) belongings in a couple of hours, if I ever needed. I like it that way! It’s a choice. Most of the things I need have a practical value in my life, BUT among the things I need are also a few beautiful things that makes me feel good. A few pieces of wall art that I treasure, and some beautiful books. I would say that these things are as valuable to my mental well being, as the comfortable boots I wear are for my feet, or the healthy food I eat are for the rest of my body. I’ve always believed that nature is the best medicine for excellent mental health, but sometimes when it’s raining, I’m tired, or there is just not enough time to get outside, these beautiful things hold the magic I need to regain my balance. Can you relate? Do you have feel good things that you can’t be without? Tell me about it!

 

Yours,
Maria