inherit the green | autumn

inherit the green | autumn

photo by Cara Brostrom

My original intention with this Inherit the Green photo project was to spend time outside every day with my family, and to document it. Yes, in the months since my last post on this subject, we spent time outside. We live in a city where we get around mostly on foot so it is unavoidable in may ways.

But I was not as diligent about the kind of time we spent outdoors. Much of our time outside was to get somewhere, often in a rush. I did occasionally pause to make a photograph, but they collected and waited on my hard drive as I focused my time on editing work for my clients. I didn’t have the time or the personal energy to look at or share the photos I had been making for myself.

Admittedly, part of this was because I had lost sight of my original motivation for this:

to spend time outside with my family,

to live our daily rhythm with intention,

to discover and participate in the landscape we call home.

Instead, I questioned its relevancy to my audience. I doubted its appeal. I wondered if anyone cared.

But looking through the last 6 weeks of photos last night, I found stillness and curiosity. I found evidence of a season well-lived. Of passing time together, even amidst the busier days. And today I share these photos and these thoughts for us, for my family. To reflect and know that it was (and is) good to be in and know this place.

And that is enough.

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Inherit the Green, 52 weeks in our life out of doors.

inherit the green | SUMMER

inherit the green | SUMMER

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I’ve been swept away by summer. I threw my weekly posts out the window.

Did I take photos every week? Maybe. It’s quite possible. Did we go outside every day? Yes, absolutely.

We lived outside. We breathed the summer air. We swam in its waters. We shared in its bounty. We chased shadows. We slept in tents. We put on our shoes and went outside, and immediately kicked them off again to stick our toes in the sand, the grass, the water.

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The sun is setting on our summer, and I will do my best to embrace the coming season. (But summer I will look for you again.)

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Inherit the Green, 52 weeks in our life out of doors.

inherit the green | wk 23/52

inherit the green | wk 23/52

We are getting ready to leave on vacation, so we spent a lot of our week running errands in the city and stealing away our outdoors time whenever we had the chance.

Tomorrow we say goodbye to Boston, and bonjour to France!

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I’ll update you with our weeks 24 & 25 abroad after we get back at the end of the month. If you want to see what we are up to in the moment, please join me on Instagram @carabros

xx

inherit the green | wk 22/52

inherit the green | wk 22/52

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I grew up on a farm in the Midwest, and over the Fourth of July we returned there for a visit. My parents built a little cabin there, on a small pond, and it was so lovely. We spent an evening with grammas and grampas, cousins and friends and aunties and uncles. The prairie grass and the rain filled creeks, the slow dusk over the plains and the flickering of lightning bugs are the landscape markers of my childhood, and it is good to share this with my own child.

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My parents inherited the big farmhouse where I grew up, where my father was raised, and my grandmother too. It was handed down to them. But this little cabin which they made, they say, feels like the first home they made together.

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Happy summer to you my friend, wherever you are. Enjoy.
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Inherit the Green, 52 weeks in our life, out of doors.

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