|#floweraday: aquilegia by the back door – my first photo on Instagram|
Earlier this year, I finally joined the 21st century when I got my first smartphone.
Previously I rejected new-fangled touch screens in favour of a phone with buttons, so I could make calls, send texts, and not a fat lot else.
|New phone, old phone.|
Despite my Luddite tendencies, I am now a complete convert.
Turns out I love checking emails, blogs, Facebook and Twitter on the move. I’ve become evangelical about apps that pay me to shop and walk (of which more another day). Without a smartphone, I don’t think I would have started running and staggered through Couch to 5K.
However, I don’t spend my whole time glued to the screen, ignoring people and tripping over the kerb. It’s actually helped me take a closer look at the wider world.
One of the big things that finally propelled me to make the leap was the photo-sharing app, Instagram. I do love taking photos, and used to potter around with a small point and shoot camera in my bag. Instagram however has no truck with digital cameras. You can only upload photos from smartphones, and not computers.
So, although I’m rather late to this particular party, I’ve started posting a flower a day on my Instagram feed.
Aside from my delight in capturing images, it’s making me notice what’s coming in to flower when.
I can scroll back through the pictures for a record of the development of our garden, the passing of the seasons and the places we’ve visited.
I’ve been pestering people to help me identify assorted unknown plants, although much is still at the level of “pale pink rose”.
|#floweraday: raspberry ripple in rose form|
Thinking about photos to post has made me much more aware of sunlight through leaves, the shadows in the house and the beetles and bugs pointed out by my children. It means I actually take the time – even if it’s only a few minutes in the morning – to focus on the small beauties around me.
Looking more closely at our garden costs nothing at all, but provides enormous pleasure. In these times of chaos, it provides moments of calm.
It’s also given me new connections further afield. An unexpected bonus is the international nature of Instagram. Surprise, surprise an image sharing site is much more accessible to people who speak different languages than the likes of blogs or Twitter. I’ve stumbled across truly beautiful photos from anywhere from Finland to Guatemala.
So do come over to Instagram and follow me, if you’re into that kind of thing: https://www.instagram.com/muchmore_less/
I’d been meaning to post about my “flower a day” efforts on Instagram for a while, but was finally prompted to do so by post by Sadie on her previous blog, The Sadie Diaries, about acquiring her own smartphone, and starting out on Instagram.
Anyone else into Instagram? Let me know so I can come and look!
|#floweraday: iris in the front garden|