hillwalking

jenjoycedesign© from peak 3

As of this week (today is Thursday) I have (again) begun a hillwalking regimen.  I have also opened an Instagram account to post photos from my walks, an experiment I guess.  This morning I took this one from the peak of the mountain, which is about 1.5 miles from my house upward on the ridge, in fact, if you were to imagine it, our place is just behind a lower ridge, in the middle of the photo.   Why I need to document my walks is rather evident in my thinking, that by sharing with the wide world web, somehow I will gain a degree of needed incentive to post & share a kind of process of the returning landscape, and of my mental & physical health, all seemingly fragile since the wildfire. How I will document as of yet is not completely clear, but engagement is the answer! More on that later, but we will see.

Up on the ridge, now nine months since the ‘historical’ Napa-Sonoma wildfire of October 2018, nature’s black hand is only beginning to lift a little. Through the veil of charred tree branches, one can see spectacular views, as always, but those charred barren branches will be there for a long time. There is grass on the lower part of the ridge, and an incredible amount of sprouting going on for many of the trees and shrubs.  I’ve decided that is really what I am documenting ~~ the vigor of the landscape.

jenjoycedesign© blue oak

Sadly, some trees haven’t a new shoot or green showing signs of life, as my favorite Blue Oak, at the start of the walk on the ridge.

I haven’ t yet figured out how to use Instagram ( from my laptop), but in time I hope to get it going.  Social media is not my forte, and I can’t figure out the hashtag thing,  as I am far too Old School for any of it. But I am slowly progressing, determined, and with baby steps.    I should mention that all my posts from this blog automatically post on Facebook and Twitter ( as I do not personally Facebook & Twitter to post),  but I don’t know yet how to auto post Instagram, (from my PC) but I will post on Instagram regardless of blog post… okay? I’m sure I’ll get it going after a few experiments. Any tips from any season Instagrammers much appreciated, and please follow me if you’re on Instagram,  I’ll see you there!

Edit In : Hey, I figured out how to post on Instagram!! Really old school, but it works, this is how:  1. I take photo with my phone or Nikon camera    2.  send by gmail to myself if by phone, or upload to my PC if by Nikon ( I’d like to add that as I really can’t see the image at all well on my phone’s tiny screen, nor do I have the necessary thumb-index finger movements very practiced, so I much prefer to photograph with my Nikon, just that the phone is nicely portable in my little knitting bag)    3.  I then can edit on PC large screen, with a mouse    4.  send edited photo to myself via gmail   4. on my phone I open that message and download the photo from gmail to gallery, then   5.  post.     LOL, right?  Really pleased I figured out a method!

10 thoughts on “hillwalking

    • Making progress! Have figured out a method (see my reply to next comment) and want to celebrate! For sure, this spending so much time, has brought clarity as to why I am doing this, so I can document the return of a robust landscape , even changed, and walking the ridge often is part of the process. Oh, and knitting while walking, I am able to make good progress on the sweaters. xx

  1. IG is pretty much made for your phone or other devices i.e your Kindle Fire, iPad, etc. But it works a charm if you’re happy with the photos your device takes.

    • Morrie, hours later I have figure out a way to get it to work ; take photo from my Nikon camera (or phone) , edit on my PC’s much larger screen and photo editing options, then email to myself , download into my phone gallery from my email… and voila! I can then post it on Instagram! LOL. I am seriously old school.

  2. Hey, I figured out how to post on Instagram!! Really old school, but it works; I take photo with my phone or Nikon camera ( send by gmail to myself if by phone, or upload to my PC if by Nikon). I then can edit on PC large computer, and send edited photo to myself via gmail, lastly, on my Android phone I open that message & can download the photo from gmail to gallery, then post. LOL, right?

    • I’d like to add that as I really can’t see well in certain lighting , the image on my phone before taking it, I take a lot of crappy photos, so I much prefer to photograph with my Nikon, just that the phone is nicely portable in my little knitting bag.

    • Yep, I knew you’d figure that way out. I finally went back to my cell phone. That being said…my old Canon took marvelous micro closeups, so I still do that from time to time old school style.

  3. I think it a shame that one can’t do much easily on IG from a laptop, and thus regular camera. Bit I haven’t figured it out yet either. Except the way you found, get the photo onto the phone

  4. Hi,
    I can’t talk with you (all here) about any IG / social media skills……. Using ravelry is the only site I am using,
    But I love to say Jen, that I am so happy to hear, you get back to little tracking tours, watching the recreation of nature!

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