A short Easter break in Morayshire

“Blessed are the curious for they will have adventures.”

– Unknown

Hubby and myself almost always decide to take a break away somewhere last minute dot com. We didn’t want to go far over Easter…. the idea was to find a cosy cottage where we could visit the surrounding location during the day and return to in the evenings and relax—a lovely staycation and somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and chores. After searching through ‘dog friendly’ holiday lets online, we found a really charming cottage near Fochabers in Morayshire which allowed us to take our boy along with us too. It ticked all the boxes and was ‘perfect’. We were really fortunate to find Lily Collie’s at such short notice.

The cottage

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Serenity Circle – July 2020

Welcome to July’s Serenity Circle.

Please note: The girls in the Serenity Circle group are taking a break from posting for a short time. We would like to thank everyone who follows the circle each month and encourage you to stay posted because this is not goodbye, but rather “bye for now”. We hope to resume again in January 2021.

A couple of months ago, I enrolled on a documentary workshop hoping it would help me record these historic times through photography.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to connect with this workshop for some reason or other.

Nature photography

When it comes to nature photography however, I could lose myself for hours shooting and editing this particular genre. It’s a real fine creative outlet and beautiful pastime—I’d be lost without it.

The difference between ‘documentary’ and ‘nature’ photography

Documentary photography involves observation, anticipation and thinking quickly on your feet during the unfolding of a scene which may or may not be action-packed. It’s more edgy than nature photography and gets the adrenalin pumping.

Nature photography is much slower in pace and affords time to relax and ponder a scene. It teaches you to slow down and appreciate the beauty that is all around you; to find beauty even in the mundane. Because the scene isn’t quickly evolving and changing (like it so often does with documentary-style photography), there is time to walk around your subject, observe and experiment with various heights, angles, artistic settings and lighting at leisure.

Finding my niche

I enjoy being outdoors whether in the wide open countryside or in the garden. I love the sweet scents of summer wafting in the breeze, the sound of birds chirping happily in the tree tops, and the rich colours and tones of the surrounding plants and flowers. Being able to wander leisurely amongst nature with my camera is where I feel most at ease photography-wise.

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson 


Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.


I’d love to learn the skills required to successfully carry off documentary photography, but I may have to accept that perhaps….. just perhaps this particular genre—which I so admire in the work of others—may not be suited to me…. or perhaps not in this moment in time. The last thing I need right now is having to anticipate additional situations; I’m finding it difficult enough anticipating food shopping amdist COVID, lol! 😜 😆

We are much smaller in number this week but not deterred ☺. I’m reminded of a quote by Beau Taplin which says:

Whoever said the small things don’t matter has never seen a match start a bushfire!

Next to share some serenity moments this month is Nancy Armstrong, Kansas City Fine Art Photographer with her post “Ad astra per aspera” which sounds really intriguing! Nancy is a very thought-provoking writer who has a beautiful way with words and an equally talented way of capturing fine art photography which captures people’s attention. You are in for a real treat. Enjoy! Ad astra per aspera.

About the Serenity Circle:  We are a collaborative group of photographers from various parts of the world—some working professionals, others hobbyists like myself. 

The Serenity Circle represents a wide range of photography genres with the common theme being serenity moments experienced and captured during the past month.  This particular circle was established in April 2015 and is one of the longest—if not the longest—running circle of its kind online.  It was set up by Nadeen Flynn, multi-genre photographer and teacher from Northern California.

The Serenity Circle goes live on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.