Life in the Spectrum – Nature Photography vs. Travel Anxiety

***Originally posted on lifeinthespectrum.com.

black skimmer - IG

It’s no secret that I don’t do well when I have to travel solo. Despite my issues, my company is located out of state, so solo travel lands on my calendar multiple times a year. In order to redirect my nervous energy this past week, I opted for a series of random after workday adventures. A couple of those days included the coolest of activities. Happy hour? Chillin’ with my team at the bars? Dancing the night away?

snowy egret seafood - IG with logoOooooh nooooo. Think cooler. Much much cooler. That’s right.

Nature. Photography.

Aaaaaah yes. Haters gonna hate, but I couldn’t stop the unmitigated badassness that came with lugging around a lens so ridiculous that it made my forearms ache to hold it. As an added bonus, I was able to respond to inquiries from curious passersby who repeatedly asked, “Do you get incredible photos with that camera?” with my sly response of “It’s a hit and miss given that my limited camera knowledge is derived from the patient people at Canon customer support and Google.”

landing - IG

I told you. Mad. Skills. My anxiety faded away as my native nerdiness returned to the forefront. But it made me happy, and it did calm me down. I send heartfelt thank yous to the many California locals who suggested several beautiful places for capturing lovely nature shots and to those who pointed me in the right direction once I arrived.

seal in la jolla - IGKindness is so very powerful. We often don’t realize that the people around us are struggling deeply, and the smallest of benevolent gestures can mean more than we could ever know.

As is the norm, I actually had a wonderful week. Despite a few questionable moments (to be discussed later), I survived relatively unscathed. And now I’m home once more. Back to Texas. Back to my people.

Back to me.

osprey - IG

Big hugs to you all!  Jo

*My instagram ID is @texasbirdnerd for any other nature photo nerds. Find me so I can see your pics, too. Those always make me smile.  🙂

acorn woodpeckers - IG

***I would love to know what you do to take down the stress level when you are feeling overwhelmed. Feel free to tag your relevant posts in the comments, but keep in mind that this is a family show. Please keep it G / PG rated. Sorry, but I don’t need to read any of your PG-13 and above ideas.  😉

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. José María López
    Jul 16, 2018 @ 21:12:40

    You´re a natural. Those are great G / PG pictures 😉
    It´s cool you´ve found a hobby so good for your life and one you are so good at as well.

    Reply

  2. shoreacres
    Jul 16, 2018 @ 22:01:00

    That photo of the skimmer is so good. I love those birds, and haven’t seen one in years, even though they’re around (mostly farther down the coast, I suspect). It’s nice to see one here.

    Reply

  3. LA
    Jul 16, 2018 @ 23:08:32

    Love!!

    Reply

  4. yogaleigh
    Jul 16, 2018 @ 23:16:29

    Lovely photos! I do pranayama, yoga, yoga nidra, various sorts of meditation…

    Reply

    • Jo Price
      Jul 17, 2018 @ 00:41:13

      I actually did yoga for the first time in years yesterday morning. I loved doing that for a.long time, and it was so peaceful. That is absolutely going back on my list. ❤️

      Reply

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