Photography and Where I Found Inspiration

Photo by: Cara Rinaldi
Photo by: Cara Rinaldi

The Backyard

I grabbed my camera and headed towards the woods. Earlier in the summer I discovered a wild turkey's nest. The nest is empty now but, the woods were still teeming with wildlife. I sat on a large rock and waited and waited. I walked into the woods trying to get a few good pictures of white mushrooms growing off an old tree branch.

I headed back towards the house, thinking of where else I could look for something interesting with just the right lighting. The sun was poking in and out of the clouds that day. I came up to a patio block and thought, there could be something interesting underneath. Next thing I know I was flipping over every patio block and stone I could move. Placing them all back gently. I found a few salamanders, a tiny snail, a fossil and a slug. Cradled inside a fallen, brown leaf I found ground cover. It was one of those times that flew by.

I was busy looking up that morning, trying to find something interesting and ended up looking down and inside of things and found so much more. When taking photographs I am learning to look at things differently. Instead of shooting just the architecture of a building, I look at the shadows. I try to find things that aren't obvious, things over looked and sometimes, things people might not want to see.

For me this is what makes the learning experience of photography a joy.

Photo by: Cara Rinaldi
Photo by: Cara Rinaldi
Photo by: Cara Rinaldi
Photo by: Cara Rinaldi
Photo by: Cara Rinaldi
Photo by: Cara Rinaldi

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Linda Compton 5 years ago from The Land of Enchantment

Hi Cara,

Thanks for a wonderful hub. Beautiful shots; and I love your keen insight:

"I was busy looking up that morning, trying to find something interesting and ended up looking down and inside of things and found so much more."

Keep enjoying, reflecting and observing... and thanks for sharing! Linda


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kkumar 5 years ago from Indore M.P. India

Hi Cara

Excellent photos, i feel like taking few tips from you , though i call myself as a professional photographer & doing photography for last 25 yrs. Shall i expect few tips to improve myself ?


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Cara.R 5 years ago from New York Author

Thank you both for your kind comments. I am glad you both enjoyed the hub and photos.


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Nicky Page 5 years ago from Indiana

Very nice photos Cara. Glad you found inspiration and captured some nature shots around you.


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Cara.R 5 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Nicky.


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SwiftFamily 5 years ago from Rayle, GA

GREAT photos!! Enjoyed your POVs as well! Thank you for sharing :)


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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

Nice Hub. Inspiration is always waiting to happen, sometimes, if you rush too much, it just vanishes. Voted up.


Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

You have a wonderful, busy backyard. Great photos and inspo!!!


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Cara.R 5 years ago from New York Author

Thank you very much Swift,Crafty and Lynn, for taking the time and I am glad you enjoyed.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

It is quite nice to find those interesting little surprises, and glad you shared yours here! The snail photo was especially nicely framed though all are great!


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

Your descriptions in words are forming pictures in my mind. Great hub... good length too. thanks so much.


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Cara.R 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you frogfish and starstream,for your kind words and feedback.


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hhunterr 4 years ago from Highway 24

Fotos aren't my strength, but luv 'em anyway, and have no idea how you did these! Read most of your hubs. You have a conversational tone which aids ready understanding. The Bailey dog story was a must-read after watching the "Winn Dixie" dog movie. The dogs both look the same. If you find time to write more, please do.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

what a great hub and I love the pictures Cara Frank


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lyns 4 years ago from USA

It's said pictures are worth a thousands words, well this hub of pictures are lovely and nice and lively, thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays. lyns


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duffsmom 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Wonderful photos, you have quite an eye. Do you have any photos on starvedartists.com?


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Cara.R 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you duffsmom, I am actually trying to find a place for all my photographs. I will look into that website. I'm all excited :)) Thank you!


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duffsmom 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Let me know if you join (they have a free account) would love to view more of your work.

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