Finding Beauty in the Small

Looking at this reflecting pool reminds me that things are not always as they appear.

Ever since I bought my iPod touch about six months ago I’ve gotten quite into snapping pictures. Now that I enjoy taking pictures, I’ve  slowed down and noticed the little details around me.

Immediately after I got my iPod I signed up for Instagram. I didn’t think of myself as a photographer when I joined (and I still don’t), but I figured it would be a good way to share what I see with others.

Before I started snapping photos I didn’t realize the pleasure I could get out of photography. In the past, when a picture was taken, I deferred to my talented husband.

These days I’m a quite a shutterbug. It’s as though the entire world is one big photo op. Now, I actually look for things that will make a good photo. I share most of the pictures I take on Instagram and other social networking sites, and all the photos I use for my posts on this blog were taken using my iPod.

Taking pictures has become something I do to reflect, refresh and relax.  It provides a creative release while also finding beauty and importance in all things.

I like to think of photography as a simple, creative outlet that provides joy not only to me, but all who I share my pictures with. What simple activities bring you joy and creative release?  Tell me about it in the comments section and I’ll enter you in a giveaway!

*All this week, I’ll be blogging about simple living in celebration of hosting my first ever book giveaway here on my blog. I’m giving away three digital copies of 3-2-1 Stop– stop running and start living by Lorilee Lippincott of the blog Loving Simple Living.

Important: To be entered in the giveaway, please leave a comment on today’s post.