September was a transitional month — unpacking, cleaning, writing, more unpacking, digging, building, painting. And it looks to be that way for a while yet. The houseplants are needing much cleaning as the dust settles. So in the latter part of the month, I tried to get back into taking more frequent walks as a way to clear my head. I have got my camera back out + before the evenings start to draw in, I go outside as the sun is setting, chasing the fading light. Swathes of highlighter-colour skies appearing out of nowhere, illuminating the new place in ways I’m not used to yet. Hay bales occupy fields like fleeting sculptures, soon rolled up + moved on. Small seasonal changes are starting to reveal themselves in the landscape. A visit to a glasshouse on a grey day, tired blooms and gardens are starting to look dishevelled and overgrown now. Fluffy clouds and green fields. Evening flights of swallows overhead. Tomatoes ripening on windowsills.
If this is the first of my Photo Diary posts you’ve seen, this series is a way of sharing the everyday photos that I snap— quite often when going for a walk, or little details I notice at home. This series started off as individual images back in 2019 under the title Ephemera, as a section on my website to share the transient moments I document, as ephemera derives from the Greek ephemeros — meaning ‘lasting only one day, short-lived’.
When I moved last year and during lockdown, I started sharing my walks and daily observations over on my Instagram stories and after such a positive response, I wanted to share a slice of the everyday here on my website too, but as a curated collection of images every few weeks, in ‘photo drop’ style. These are saved under the Photo Diary tab and are collections of my day to day photography that I put together every few weeks or so as a punctuation to the longer form plant care posts. They also have ended up acting like a visual diary of sorts.
Hope this post offered a little visual pause for you this weekend.