Going out without my camera

Sometimes, just sometimes I think about going out without my camera. I mean on the little walks we take and our usual “quickie” up Moncreiffe Hill. There is always the risk that I might see something amazing and not be able to capture it on camera but sometimes that is the risk I am willing to take occasionally.

This post will contain only a header image, taken on our last walk to the view point on top of the hill.

Today was one of the days I decided to go camera free. The Dude asked me once, twice, maybe three times “sure you’re not taking your camera out?” I stuck to my guns and left it behind.

Our walk today started with blue sky and sunshine and the temperature was 1.5 degrees. Views over the city of Perth and along the river Tay were clear and the birds were singing. There were still patches of frost where the sun hasn’t touched  (and probably won’t for a while because it is still too low) and frozen puddles and mud with dog paw prints in them. These things make me smile.

Why do they make me smile? Because I can imagine how much fun the dog would have been having running around in the mud and how the owner will probably have been used to this but still rolling their eyes and asking “did you REALLY have to go through there?”

Anyway back to our walk.

Ever the observant photographer I watch the little birds going about their daily business and wonder what they think of all the devastation following the recent storms. Some of these fallen trees must have been homes to these little creatures? In some places it looks apocalyptic – trees, branches, roots, everywhere. Huge areas of it.

Before this cold snap there was the rain (I’m sure you remember?) and the routes which all the water chose to take down the hillside are visible. In fact, in places, there are still, now frozen, pools of water. We had a lot of rain!

Each time we walk up to the view point, as we get to the pines I always look out for red squirrels. I am not even sure if there are any here, but you never know!

By now I am getting warmer, my cheeks have a glow about them and although I can’t see it I can feel it! As I realise this it begins to snow! Just gently, like in the romantic films.

We make it to the top and see people out walking their dogs, exchanging greetings and commenting on the good weather. The Dude and I watch over our new home and I remind him “we live here now.” Something that we say to one another when we see something beautiful or we realise how lucky we are. Everything we ever want right here – each other. Alright, okay maybe we are missing a few things, like a canoe and some bikes but you get the picture. We do know how lucky we are.

The snow is getting heavier and we make our way back down to the car. The car park is now empty but white with snow.

Would that moment have happened if I hadn’t decided that going out without my camera is sometimes necessary? Possibly not. Sometimes it’s good just to be present in the there and then and not behind the camera.



  1. mellissa williams February 13, 2016 at 08:57

    I love taking photos. In fact I have just bought a new camera which is small and lightweight to take pics like this one!

    1. Melanie February 13, 2016 at 15:31

      Good luck getting to know your new camera, just don’t forget to see the bigger picture sometimes

  2. Anosa February 13, 2016 at 09:56

    I don’t own a camera except for the one of my phone but I can see how much we miss once we glued to our cameras and forget to see what is around us. Great post

    1. Melanie February 13, 2016 at 15:31

      It’s quite easy to look at a screen all the time even when we are out – take a photo and immediately want to upload to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc etc. I always take my phone out because you never know if you will need it to make an actual phone call! haha

  3. Baby Isabella February 13, 2016 at 15:48

    This is really refreshing to see a post with one photo. You describe the scene so beautifully!

    1. Melanie February 13, 2016 at 16:41

      Thank you. I so easy to hide behind the lens and primarily as a photographer I find it difficult not to take my camera out. As a blogger it is easy to fill our pages up with photos and not words – anyone can do that!

  4. Joanna February 13, 2016 at 16:05

    I love taking photos but sometimes its nice to go out without a camera and just enjoy the moments.

  5. Kizzy February 14, 2016 at 06:46

    Lovely post, I try to be present when we are out and about and only take my phone unless we are going out especially to take photos. Moments like these are so precious and the reason for my Slowly Lived project

  6. Kara February 14, 2016 at 07:07

    I love taking photo’s but am not a slave to my camera – my trusty iphone is more than enough sometimes

  7. Linda Hobbis February 14, 2016 at 10:12

    This really resonated with me. Sometimes your kids just want you to be fully present, don’t they?

    1. Melanie February 14, 2016 at 10:38

      I don’t have children Linda but I think this goes for anyone. I have been out for lunch with friends who leave their phones on the table just in case they get a social media notification. It makes me a little bit sad x

  8. Michaela Britton February 14, 2016 at 13:05

    I love this post as you can visualise exactly what you’re explaining without the need for the photographs. You explained everything so well that I could just imagine being there, watching the world go by!

  9. Ickle Pickle February 18, 2016 at 10:29

    Great post – you are so right – I do miss being in the moment whilst I am snapping away! It is hard not to though as a blogger! Kaz x

  10. Natalie Ray February 23, 2016 at 18:15

    Aw I love that you are enjoying your new home so much that you have to remind yourselves that you live there. I love seeing your photos but totally understand that you have to take time away from the camera too. Can’t wait to come and visit and see for myself!x

    1. Melanie February 26, 2016 at 09:39

      We really are loving it and I can’t wait for you guys to visit. x

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