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“I’m planting a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots.”
― Andrea Koehle Jones

I’m not cheating entirely, I do have a few photographs taken today! But yesterday we ventured down to the meadow to have a wander, sneeze a lot and plant Starsy’s Oak Tree. We had a ‘Day for a Star’ back in September last year a short while after she had died (for those new to the blog, Star was our fifteen year old (ish) black labrador). (She did have eyes, she just closed them for the photo!)

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But one of her biggest fans had got an American Oak specially for her that we could plant down on the meadow in her memory. We’ll also get a plaque done soon too, for one of the handmade benches right where she used to love throwing herself into the lake.

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So yesterday saw the planting of the Oak (finally) – admist a huge attack of hay fever! Hence why I couldn’t post the photographs when I got home. But here they are now – we also found a toad who seemed unperturbed that we were there. Buddy came too and watched with earnest, although to him Star is probably a distant memory now!

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As for today’s photographs, after a storm that lasted five minutes and gave barely any thunder, the day was once more hot, muggy, humid and hayfevery. So I just snapped a few iPhone shots..

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“Those moments when you have no idea what you are doing, can mean everything later on.”

I started the morning feeling that taking a photograph for the purpose of blogging every day for a year, was a hindrance. In fact, if I’m completely honest I have felt that way for the past few days and have simply photographed anything that comes to hand without really feeling it. I’ve been talking about the 365 challenge to a few people lately and they make faces and look at me like I’m crazy. So I decided to take a moment to look back and establish exactly what made the challenge a success in 2012, and exactly why I should persevere and keep going now, in 2014. In order to do that, I needed to look at what Photography had meant to me, from day one.

I remember the first Photograph I took – and I mean properly took. I was armed with my brand new Sony D-SLR A200 and a mere telephoto and landscape lens. Things that I had campaigned for, for my Birthday, without really understanding why I wanted them. In fact, when I look at the metadata for the Photograph right now, it states 20th April 2009. The day I got my ‘proper’ camera. My Birthday. 20 years young! Here’s the photo…

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It was almost 7pm, the light was just starting to fade and I headed up to a road behind the house that leads to rolling hills (my favourite Autumn driveway that some may have seen already) and the ‘Sunset Tree’ that I favoured photographing for quite a while. In the distance, although you can’t see it, are the buildings of the local town and one of those golden blurs is the Church. I remember snapping this and having no idea what I was doing. This particular image now sits pride of place on the table that I set up at networking events, displays and fayres. I had it printed onto a canvas, and also mounted on board and framed rather nicely. I look at it now and realise that whilst I had no idea what I was doing back then – it turned out okay, in fact more than okay – people look at me slightly shocked when I tell them this image was the first Kathryn Dawson Photography photo…

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I suppose the point of my reflection, and my ramble, is that there can be times in your life when you really don’t know what you’re doing. You’re just pressing the button on a moment and you don’t even know why. It can be a month, it could be 5 years before you realise the purpose of that moment and the purpose of you being utterly clueless. You may never know. But everything happens for a reason ( a cliche I’m sure many will agree ) and it actually helped me a lot today to look back at a time when I didn’t know what on earth I was doing – and realise that it turned out okay in the end – and that perhaps, deep down, I knew just a little bit.

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2And today? 1873 days later…I still have moments when I think I have no clue what I’m doing, but I feel more and more inspired to create, capture and preserve. I made an effort today (admittedly with a spray bottle of water and a human tripod) – but an effort all the same. I’m pretty pleased with the results…

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