"The first thing you see that deeply strikes your attention, simply take the photograph and frame it in your camera with naturalness and spontaneity."
Ulrich, David. Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography (p. 22). Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale. Kindle Edition.
I have been working on the homework for the Circle book club. I went out for a walk to the edge of the river in town and followed the above advice. I walked along and snapped a photo of whatever caught my fancy. I shot from the hip, which means that I did not always get what I saw. It also worked in the other direction. I got some shot that I did not expect. I think that was the point of the exercise. I think that I do this anyway but apparently not as freely as I did yesterday. I do usually take the time to frame and compose the shot which does take away from the spontaneity.
I took my smaller Canon SL1 with a 40mm lens that made this much easier to do.
I came across this as I was walking. There were a lot of feathers on the trail and then I saw the bird. It had been dead a while and there were ants working on it. I wish that the feet were more in focus. I think this qualifies as natural "beauty"
I did not know I had captured this until I got home.