In the Princeton area, the rains started in March and it seems they will never stop. The total precipitation for June was almost as high as May and May exceeded April which exceeded March.

I didn’t notice the spider until after I downloaded the image to Lightroom. — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/4.0, ISO2200), Copyright 2017-07-01 Khürt L. Williams

For this weekly challenge, I had no idea what to do.

The Japanese word, “komorebi” refers to the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-07-01 Khürt L. Williams

This week, the governor of New Jersey and the state Jersey Legislature were at an impasse over the state budget. On Friday at midnight, the governor ordered the closing of non-essential state agencies. Everything from state parks to motor vehicle services offices and the Administrative Office of the New Jersey Courts will be closed until further notice. I work as a cybersecurity consultant to the Courts and many of the people I work with (including myself) are concerned.

Komorebi — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-07-01 Khürt L. Williams

Early on Saturday morning, after dropping my son off to the farmers’ market I drove over to the Rock Brook and parked my car along Hollow Road. The sky was partly cloudy but it seemed there was a chance of rain.

Looking down at the Rock Brook — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-07-01 Khürt L. Williams

Rock Brook is one of my favourite places. With the rains the woods have grown green and lush. On this trip, I documented my steps from the edge of the Sourland Mountain Range down to the brook.

The Rock Brook Waterfall — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-07-01 Khürt L. Williams

The underbrush was thick with some sort of grass. I thoroughly enjoyed the komorebi. The Japanese word, “komorebi” refers to the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees. I find it fascinating that the Japanese culture has created a single word to capture that feeling.

The Rock Brook — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (11 mm, f/8.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-07-01 Khürt L. Williams

I walked down to the “waterfall” enjoying the sound of rushing water and the sweet smell of the gentle morning breeze. Step by step, I made my way down to the water, stopping to snap some photos along the way.

“Shinrinyoku” (“forest bathing”) is a Japanese word which means to go deep into the woods where everything is silent and peaceful for relaxation.

Between photos, I stood or sat to enjoy the sounds of the wind in the trees and just take things in. My steps were slow. I wanted to enjoy each moment of my shinrinyoku. I dipped my shoes1 in and enjoyed the sensation of the water running between my toes. The water in the stream was clear and cool. I noticed some fish, about six inches in size, slowly swimming about. Smaller fish darted around between the pebbles.

Rocks — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-07-01 Khürt L. Williams

Stepping among the rocks I suddenly realized that, perhaps subconsciously, I had photographed the theme for the week.

Tuesday Photo Challenge Steps — Nikon D5100 + Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II 11-16mm F2.8 @ (16 mm, f/8.0, ISO100), Copyright 2017-07-01 Khürt L. Williams

After snapping all the photos I wanted, I stood for a while in the middle of the brook, with my eye closed and enjoyed the sound of the wind in the trees and the water flowing past my feet.

Peace.

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.

Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese term that means "taking in the forest atmosphere" or "forest bathing." shinrin-yoku.org

One of the things I enjoy about photography is helpful and encouraging people I have come to know over the years. Some have become good friends and while many more are acquaintances, I always enjoy an opportunity to meet and connect with other photographers. One of my favourite activities is the photo walk.

It’s been almost 9 months since my friend Prasanna and I decided to put together a last-minute photo walk. The weather was changing and the colours of autumn were everywhere. We wanted to catch some fall colour before the leaves all turned brown.

Our plan was simple. Walk until we find moving water.

Prasanna — Nikon D5100 + Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO100), Copyright 2014-10-25 Khürt L. Williams
Shinrinyiku — Nikon D5100 + Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (18 mm, f/3.5, ISO100), Copyright 2014-10-25 Khürt L. Williams
Walk this way — Nikon D5100 + Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (44 mm, f/8.0, ISO100), Copyright 2014-10-25 Khürt L. Williams
Looking straight up — Nikon D5100 + Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (28 mm, f/8.0, ISO100), Copyright 2014-10-25 Khürt L. Williams
Nikon D5100 + Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (18 mm, f/8.0, ISO100), Copyright 2014-10-25 Khürt L. Williams
The fall carpet of the Sourlands, Skillman, New Jersey. — Nikon D5100 + Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (55 mm, f/5.6, ISO400), Copyright 2014-10-25 Khürt L. Williams
Green Trees — Nikon D5100 + Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (18 mm, f/8.0, ISO400), Copyright 2014-10-25 Khürt L. Williams
Rock Brook in the Eastern Sourland Mountain Range — Nikon D5100 + Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (18 mm, f/8.0, ISO400), Copyright 2014-10-25 Khürt L. Williams
The Sourland Mountains — Nikon D5100 + Nikon 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ (18 mm, f/4.5, ISO400), Copyright 2014-10-25 Khürt L. Williams