“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
― George Gordon Byron
That quote sums up my feelings when it comes to the virtues of solitude. I don’t consider myself an antisocial person, but from the outside, it might appear so. People are great, I just don’t like being around them. Just kidding! I love people! In fact, my love for people is the main drive behind my street photography. The human condition is very interesting and I love capturing candid moments. However, I don’t have a need to be around people. I am perfectly happy not going to lunch with a group of colleagues or meeting up at the bar after work. I don’t need to have a big shindig at my house or watch the big game or fight at a friend’s house. There is absolutely nothing wrong with these gatherings or meeting in groups in general, I just don’t feel I’m missing anything. In fact, I prefer my free time to be either with my family or just me pursuing my hobbies like amateur astronomy and photography. I find great pleasure in those two endeavors outside of my family time. Besides, when I throw work into the mix, I don’t have time for social events. I am perfectly happy missing the big event so I can peer through one of my telescopes at God’s creation or go hiking through nature capturing her beauty. So, what are the virtues of solitude? I found a list of 6 virtues by Kevin Daum of Inc.500. I can relate to each of these.
1. Quiet your mind.
If you follow my blog, you will recognize the locations in these photos. Williamsport Lakes in Williamsport, Tennessee is one of my favorite natural areas to visit. I could take a picture of these lakes everyday from the same vantage point and each image would look totally different. That’s why I keep coming back here because the scene is beautiful and it’s never the same. This is my impromptu goto location when I need a quick encounter with nature. These photos reminded me of nature’s solitude and my own personal proclivity for detachment.
The shots above were taken just before sunset. I came back on a later date to take the shots below. The following images were taken early one morning on a cloudy day.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I also hope you found some benefit from the list of virtues. I find getting out into nature a good way to recharge my batteries. As for the photos, I continue to enjoy using Superior 400. If I’m in a pinch, and need to grab some film, there’s a good chance I can visit a local store to find a few rolls. As always, thanks for reading!