Poet, Playwright, Workshop Facilitator
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Welcome to daily nature photo and creative writing blog, #NewThisDay

Welcome to my daily nature photo blog

Writing from My Photo Stream ~ Kelly DuMar


#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream

Frozen Fern Frond, Rocky Narrows

Frozen Fern Frond, Rocky Narrows

What if I run out of creativity?

It's February – my sixth straight month of blogging images and words from #mydailywalk, mostly here, in the Charles River Woods, on Rocky Narrows trails.

Daily, I fear failure, as I start walking my quite familiar trail. I imagine a monotonous landscape will fail to inspire me - or worse, my lack of originality will fail me.  As if creativity is a limited resource, and my limited amount has been used up. Today, I worry, I will fail to see freshly - to compose - an image of anything natural and original, mysterious and lovely, fascinating, arresting and thought-provoking to take home with me to write from.

Years and years ago I found and fell in love with this book. I read it still, again and again, because I need reminding that, like the woods, I have a boundless supply of creative energy.

Brahms once remarked that the mark of an artist is how much he throws away. Nature, the great creator, is always throwing things away. A frog lays several million eggs at a sitting. Only a few dozen of these become tadpoles, and only a few of those become frogs. We can let imagination and practice be as profligate as nature.
— Stephen Nachmanovitch, Free Play: Improvisation In Life & Art

What has nature thrown away today? A spectacular find! A fern frond frozen in snow covered moss, and I remember – I remember what spontaneity is, and how to trust it.