#Earthschooling365: Day One Hundred and One
Inner Work Meditation (Heart): If you have been following the first 100 days of nature walks then you probably noticed I took a break from posting. I still continued to walk and take photos but unforeseen circumstances prevented me from posting to the blog. So I made the difficult decision to take a small break. It was frustrating to do this and I didn’t want to. I wanted to keep up my goal of not only walking every day but also writing every day. But it is OK. Because when we have a goal that holds everything together like a central meeting point we can always come back to. Sometimes we get disappointed in ourselves because we are not holding up to the high standards we set but if we can keep our end goal in mind then we can adapt and adjust along the way – let life happen – and still be successful. So today’s meditation is to think about one goal you have that you feel disappointed in or that you may have given up on. Are you trying to lose weight? Stop smoking? Walk daily? Take some time to renew your short term plan for reaching your goal. When the fawn (in the photo above) keeps falling down as she tries to walk do you think the mother leaves her and gives up or tells her “stop trying”? No. Many times it takes numerous tries to get back on track or to reach a goal – but to get there you can’t stop trying.
Nature Walk Idea (Head): Today we saw one of the new fawns. The mother doe was licking the baby. Did you know that mammals lick their babies for many reasons? We automatically assume that it is to keep them clean, and this is one reason. However, another reason is because it stimulates them to be “more awake” so they can nurse and be properly fed. If a baby animal is not stroked they will sleep too long and may not have a proper diet. When I worked at a wildlife rescue center we had to stroke the baby foxes and other babies so they would eat. What are some other parenting behaviors you can observe today (or have observed other days)? You can observe humans and their children, pets in the classroom or home or animals/birds on your nature walk today.
Photography Notes (Hands): Today I took a photo of a fawn being licked by her mother. This was a difficult photo to get because the mother does try to hide in the darkest corners of the forest where there is the most privacy and if they hear you approach while they are caring for their babies they will run (if they are without their babies they don’t mind humans very much). To get this photo I had to use a lot of skills we have talked about over the past few weeks. Today’s assignment is to try to figure out the different skills that it took to take this photo. What do you think the f-stop was? The ISO? The focusing? The answers are below the poem. As a second part to this assignment you should choose one of your favorite photos from this week (of your own or a friend that is doing photography with you) and make the same evaluations on that photo. This is a good way to practice your skills. We often think that doing is the only way to practice but reflection is also an important part of learning. Don’t forget to take time to reflect on the photos you are taking and evaluate them or make notes for improvement when needed.
Copyright Kristie Burns
Licking ice cream
In the sun
Tasting the soup
To see if its done
You can see it
When I want to pout
But it retreats
When I shout
To touch my nose
A baby uses it
To touch their toes
A doe uses it to
Wash her fawn
A puppy laps until
The water is gone
What am I?
*These poems have been created for many purposes – from early childhood circle time verses to inspirational or expressive. They vary from day to day so you may find the way you use them or enjoy them also varies. If you would like to set these poems to music consider our tutorial: Creating Your Ow Waldorf Verses or Finding Your Inner Voice.
Skills/Techniques Used in the Photo Above
- High ISO to compensate for darkness in deep woods
- Low f-stop to allow more light into the camera
- Observation over a few weeks to figure out where the mother was most likely to be with her baby.
- Slow approach and using a telephoto lens so as not to disturb the doe & fawn
- Manual focus camera did not focus on the leaves and stumps instead of the doe
- Sharpened the photo a bit in post-production with editing software
- Added more light with editing software because the original was a bit dark
- Took numerous photos hoping to get a shot with the fawns face but was unsuccessful.
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