The humidity was well into icky territory, and I had rather stupidly not prepared well for the experience - no hat, no water. But I had a camera with lots of battery and free space on the memory card, so I figured I could tough it out in the interest of some long-overdue exploratory photography.
It didn't take long before my brain shifted into a delightful Zen-like state as my eyes wandered from scene to scene and the squishy grey matter struggled to process it all. Nothing else mattered as I absorbed the lovely scenery around me and tried to turn the experience into workable pictures.
I found myself digging into the camera's menus as I realized it had been ages since I shot in monochrome. The woods may have been offering up a blizzard of color, but for some reason all I cared about were the textures and shapes. It felt good to be off the beaten path, literally and figuratively, and I felt sorry that I had let this part of my photographic life lapse for as long as I did.
Which brings us to this week's Thematic theme, monochrome. Because we haven't deliberately shot and shared monochrome for a while. And it's time to get back to the basics that prompted us all to fall in love with this photography thing in the first place.
Your turn: Take a picture that evokes or otherwise supports this week's theme, monochrome, and post it to your blog or website. Leave a comment here to let everyone else know where to find it. Visit other participants to elevate everyone's collective sense of fun. Feel free to share additional photos throughout the week, and everyone's encouraged to bring a new friend along. If you're new to Thematic, head here to learn more about how it works. If you tweet, use this hashtag: #ThematicPhotographic. Otherwise, enjoy, and thanks!