joanna paterson

birds, flowers & landscapes, in words & pictures


A Sense of Belonging

I read something the other day that started me thinking about gratitude, and belonging. How we feel a sense of gratitude when we feel that we belong – and perhaps that we feel a greater sense of belonging when we cultivate gratitude. A sense of belonging is, for me, inextricably tied to the earth: feeling […]

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Welcoming the Snowdrops

clump of snowdrops dancing in sunlight

When does a year begin? For me it is this day, when the sun is finally shining and you walk out in hope because surely they must be here by now, and even though it’s not much of a surprise, even though it’s become something of a ritual for you, this watching for them, waiting, […]

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Starting, Stopping, and Keeping Going

Even though we know it’s kind of artificial – just a date, just a line in the sand – there is nonetheless something hard to resist about a new year. It’s partly that Janus thing, looking back, and looking forward, which invites us to mull and consider what might yet, even still, be possible. I […]

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The Light of this Day

One of the biggest gifts of photography, for me, is that it teaches me to notice and appreciate the light. The way it falls, the way it moves and changes, the way it throws shadows, and the way it illuminates. I find when I try and think back on a year I am taken instead […]

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What a Gift

Boots. Ice grippers to stop me from falling. A path from my door that leads to a nature reserve in a disused quarry. Ten minutes walk, and no need to drive on ice. Blue skies, and brilliant sunshine. A camera that fits in my pocket. It being Sunday morning. The thickness of the frost, hanging […]

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