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.
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!