Sense of Season



Throughout the year, I have been training myself to appreciate and utilise my senses to maximum effect. But I don’t only concentrate on things I can see, hear, taste, feel and smell but also on the things I can’t. That’s where my overactive imagination (or sixth sense, as I like to call it) comes into play.
Only this morning, I was out in my garden gathering the last of the pesky leaves that insist on popping over from the neighbour’s garden, when a shiver ran down my spine. It wasn’t from the bitter air. I was donned appropriately. I looked around and found an eye of a cherry tree staring right at me. There was no escape from its glare. It followed my every step. Perhaps it was laughing at me as I bent down to pick up the brittle leaves. 

After my work was done, I stared back at the bare, sad looking tree that had once been beautiful, green and filled with its pearl, white blossom and thought how much I could relate to its life cycle. In the Spring and Summer of this year, my inspiration was in full flow and ideas were in abundance but as the dark nights descended upon my world and the flu took hold my inspiration and ideas had well and truly withered.
I grabbed my camera and tried to capture the eye of the tree that reminded me of Tolkien’s Treebeard, the oldest of the Ents, and my mind stirred. What stories could this beast of a tree be hiding? My senses came into play and new storylines began to develop.
When I got up this morning and prepared to do the mundane household jobs, I did not expect to come back into my house with rekindled motivation and inspiration for my writing. It proves to me that the life cycle of nature can provoke the imagination even during the dark, winter days and collecting leaves can prove useful.
I would be interested to hear how you are inspired when the sun is not shining and the world seems dull and lacklustre.



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  1. I dig into past memories. I am loving that cheery tree's eye.

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    1. I have tried doing that but I end up in a blubbering mess, especially looking through my daughter's life works :) I do adore my cheery tree :)

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  2. I love trees! And take pictures of ones that look pretty or unique all the time. :)

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    1. Me too, Chrys. Ever since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by trees. I even did a project on it in primary school. Maybe it stemmed from reading the Magic Faraway Tree. Thank you for commenting. Lovely to see you.

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  3. What a great way to find inspiration! I sometimes let my mind wander when I'm reading a book and can find my own inspiration to write. I love trees, but the eye of that tree is a bit creepy.

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    1. Lovely to see you, Cherie. That eye creeps me out too but it has provided me with inspiration for a ghost story. Thank you for your comment and hope to see you again. In the meantime, have a lovely Christmas holiday.

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  4. I walk around the same blocks with my pups everyday, carrying my camera, and the sun, context of every view gives me new frames to capture. Walking different times of the day with different sun/angles, helps.

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    1. Sounds Idyllic, Mac. Thanks for walking by here.

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  5. Ha, the tree reminds me of Treebeard too!!
    When we open our senses, we gain so much from the experience, especially for anyone who is a creative.

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    1. Exactly, Lynda. Thank you so much for popping over to comment. Lovely to 'meet' you.

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  6. That tree has quite the glare! I love the gray days when the fog is out and the clouds are low. Lots of mystery in the air. I do love wondering what might come out of that mist.

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    1. It was probably one of those gray misty days that inspired the amazing James Herbert when he wrote The Fog. Thank you so much for dropping in and commenting, Christine. Lovely to see you here.

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  7. Love your post and photos, Nicola - that eye of the tree looks amazing! No wonder you were inspired - and nature often provides some of the best ideas. I'm also inspired by music and art, the first its lyrics and mood and the art from the visual inspiration. I'm glad your motivation has returned. All the best for your writing in 2015.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. Music and art play a big part of my life too. Wishing you continued success in the new year. Thank you for being so supportive since I started my blog in October. I really appreciate it.

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  8. I'm so pleased you feel freshly inspired, Nicola. I think the eye of the tree looks sad and beseeching, as if he longed to be noticed. perhaps he has given you something in return for feeling his presence.

    I feel inspired mostly by memories, often recalling how different times in my life made me feel, or by imagining myself in other people's shoes and wondering what they are thinking and feeling. I think most of my ideas come from people, often those who seemed to make just a fleeting impression at the time, but who have remained in my mind.

    I hope the New Year continues to bring you new ideas and lots of success. xxx

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. Your comments are always heartfelt and encouraging for which I am very grateful. I wish you a wonderful festive season and much success throughout the new year. Thank you for your continued support and for visiting me regularly.

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  9. Good capture. I always loved Treebeard :) And I do think that looking for details is one good way of finding inspiration even when the weather/season is dull.

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    1. Lovely of you to pop in and comment. Thank you so much. Everything is in the tiniest of detail, I agree. Have a lovely festive season and all the very best for the new year.

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  10. The tree's eye is quite extraordinary. I do enjoy your posts and photos. You always think of such interesting things to write about. Your posts aren't long, but they are packed with good ideas.

    Thank you for visiting my blog, Nicola. One day I will find out how to reply to comments and thank you properly!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Sue. It is heartwarming to get good feedback on my posts. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and much success in the coming year. 2015 is going to be a good one, I can feel it in my bones - and confirmed by the all-seeing tree :)

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  11. As a magazine writer, I am used to having to write about the summer when the air is frosty here - or about a snow scene when it's 25C. I therefore often look inwards for inspiration rather than outwards.

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    1. That's exactly why I'm writing next year's Christmas stories now, Wendy :) I am so pleased that you have had such an amazing year. Wishing you continued success and I'm looking forward to reading more of your stories. Have a wonderful Christmas, Wendy and thank you so much for all the support you have so kindly given me since October. It is greatly appreciated.

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  12. I take a lot of photos which can sometimes help, but generally I'm not fully aware of where the ideas pop up from.

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    1. I must say that some of my favourite stories that I've written came from nowhere and very suddenly. Those are the best really. One can just sit and write the first draft within an hour. Wishing you continued success in the new year, Patsy. Thank you so much for the support you have shown over the past few months. Happy Christmas.

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  13. That just goes to show you inspiration can be found anywhere! I'm glad your well of inspiration is full again!

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Emily. It's lovely to 'meet' you. I am pleased my inspiration is brimming, too. I was beginning to worry it had deserted me. Have a lovely holiday season and wishing you continued success in the new year.

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  14. Love your tree - I think it looks rather mischievous, as though it's making up a story about you.
    Not doing much new writing at the moment but I've been tidying up, doing all that boring admin stuff, and looking forward to starting again in the New Year.

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    1. Oooo, I'm sure it has many stories about me, Linda :) Wishing you a great festive season. Thank you for your continued support of my blog. Hope the new year will bring you lots of inspiration and success.

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  15. That tree certainly gives ideas, you can imagine how many stories have taken place beneath it, and within sight of its 'eye'.

    Best wishes for 2015, and the stories the tree has inspired.
    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Wishing you a lovely Christmas and a fantastic new year filled with success and good health.

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  16. I've heard a large part of meditation is simply being present in the moment--feeling your surroundings with all of your senses. I need to make an effort to do more of that in 2015!

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    1. Me too, Stephanie. But it is difficult to empty the mind at times. All the very best for 2015 and thank you for popping by to make a comment.

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  17. For some reason, overcast skies inspire me to write more than sunshine. When it's beautiful outside, the last place I want to be is at my computer. Great post!

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    1. There's certainly been a lot of those inspirational skies over here recently - lurking fog with many strange hidden shadows and spine-chilling sounds. I can understand your thinking but I tend to run indoors and hide :) Thank you for your comment. Wishing you much success for 2015.

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