One of the important lessons I learned is that the grass is not always greener on the other side and Ohio can be a pretty awesome place to live. It gets a bum rap by many who grow up here. It deserves much better. Another lesson is to carefully think through the advice of others when they give you their opinion about where and how you should live your life. Just saying. I have a tendency to be too much of a people-pleaser, much to the determent of my own health. I’m working my way out of that, one day at a time. Follow your heart and those who love and care will fall in around you.
Another lesson reinforced is the fact that the best images arise from where and when the heart is engaged. It’s not so much of chasing images in many locations but rather letting go of expectations and following the heart and the blessings that are presented, even if just outside the back door or down the road.
All in all I am very thankful to have finally landed back in the Dayton Ohio area, enjoying life and photography on my little eight acres of rural heartland. The journey has been incredible, tiring, wonderful. So many images captured that could have made my top ten list. It was hard to select the ones to post here but honestly these are the ones that carry the most personal meaning for me, whether they were popular on social media or not, it’s the personal connection and story that counts.
These images are no particular order. For more insight on the story behind each image, please see http://calmphotos.com
Here goes -
|Altus, Oklahoma. March 2013|
|Raptor Ridge, Beavercreek Township, Ohio. September 2013|
|Broken Rock Trail Falls, Hocking Hills, Ohio. April 2013|
Broken Rock Trail Falls, Hocking Hills Ohio. April 2013. I had returned to Ohio for a short visit after moving to Texas, to Hocking Hills to teach a one-day spring workshop at The Inn at Cedar Falls and to be a judge/guest speaker at the 2013 Shoot the Hills event. It was a spectacular spring in Southeastern Ohio and the streams and waterfalls were flush with flowing water. When I am in Hocking Hills, most often to teach workshops, I try to always set aside at least one day to get out and shoot on my own. When I am teaching I am completely devoted to the task of instructing and guiding my students. This image was one of many that I captured during that day out on the trail by myself, on the Monday following the Shoot the Hills weekend. I was blessed with pristine spring conditions. The light was ethereal coming through the Hemlocks and into the gorges. It was an intimate connection to the place I know best as home when it comes to my love of nature and landscape photography. Broken Rock Trail Falls is off the beaten path and a little bit of a challenge to get to but that’s why I love this scene so much. It’s a closeness, a connection, in quiet and peace. - See more at: http://calmphotos.com/#sthash.gszilkgz.dpuf
|November Sunrise at Raptor Ridge|
|Summer Morning. Raptor Ridge, Beavercreek Township, Ohio. August 2013|
|Summer Nightfall on the Farm. Raptor Ridge, Beavercreek Township, Ohio. July 2013|
|The Rural Route. Frisco, Texas. April 2013|
|Harvest. Raptor Ridge, Beavercreek Township, Ohio. August 2013|
|The Classic. Trebein Road in Xenia, Ohio. November 2013|
|Moon and Thunderhead. Kettering, Ohio. July 2013|
|Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here. Old Man's Cave, Hocking Hills, Ohio|
|Best Christmas Present Ever. Raptor Ridge. December 2013|
Best of 2013 by Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty from Jim Crotty on Vimeo.