“Hemlock Bough”


“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
― Neil Gaiman

What more fitting image for the New Year than a bright green branch? So full of life and promise.

I made this image yesterday, while on my final hike for 2016. In fact, it’s the last image I made in 2016. Yet, the feel I was after was not quite there, so once again, I ran it through my Topaz Impressions plug in to get the effect I was after. The result is this impressionistic image, which is exactly what I was after.

May 2017 dawn fresh and bright and full of vigour in your lives, may the seeds of creativity produce fruit in abundance, and may we all remember that we are connected in more ways than we can imagine.

Happy New Year 2017


8 Comments on ““Hemlock Bough”

  1. What a gorgeous photo. I love the effects. And I love Neil Gaiman. Thanks for the wonderful quote. Happy 2017.

  2. Hemlocks–best collection of mature hemlocks that I have seen is in the Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Boston. Collection began in the late 19th century. Inspirational as you noted with your photo. 🙂

  3. Love the effects, and the philosophy!
    May good things find you throughout the year.

    Seek peace,


  4. Pingback: “Potential” | Ed Lehming Photography

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