KELLY ELAINE SMITH.

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Photographs © Kelly Elaine Smith.

Always in need of some inspiration at the start of a new year. These wintry scenes have me thinking about that sharp, icy air that makes your lungs ache, but only if because for the first time in many months, it feels like the air is new and untainted. Embracing this season can be hard. But it’s too beautiful to wish it away. I say let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. More loveliness from Kelly.

MICHAEL POLIZA.

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Photographs © Michael Poliza.

Often, there is so much more to what we can see. These photos are beautiful and inspiring on their own, but heartbreaking and tragic when told with their story.

“Churchill has the largest, and most southerly, concentration of the animals on the planet. In late summer and early fall the polar bears make their way to the Hudson Bay, waiting for it to freeze over so they can hunt for seals on the ice. But every year, the ice is forming later and later, forcing the polar bears to go hungry for longer. Notes Andrew Derocher, professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta, who has spent his decades long career studying polar bears, ‘Our estimation is that we probably won’t have polar bears in Churchill once we get out to mid-century … They could be gone in a couple of years. If we had a very early melt, and a very late freeze, we could see up to 50 percent mortality in a single year.’”

BLAIR MASRI.

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Photographs © Blair Masri

I’m thinking about warm weather and vacations today. Yesterday was the first day of spring and after a rough winter, I want nothing more than sunshine on my face. Taking a little trip sounds like the most divine thing in the world right now, but unfortunately that is not happening anytime soon. So instead I’ll just admire these quiet moments that photographer Blair Masri captured on her recent vacation to Tulum, Mexico. More photos from her vacation here, including some pretty lovely yoga shots. Portfolio. Blog.

D’ART.

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Photographs © Laura D’art Photography

It’s been far too many months since I last did an inspiration post, but I’m pretty sure this one is just what I need. I’m usually lusting after fall come September, but this year just feels different. Maybe it was the mild summer. Maybe it all just happened so fast. I can dream of an endless summer, but the days are getting shorter and come Sunday, autumn will officially be upon us.

Beautiful, organic photographs of produce in the season to come are indeed the perfect remedy. These moody, earthy shots are just a taste of the dreamy portfolio that is “d’art photographie.”  The rest can be seen here.

Vegetables and the Oregon coast. Be still my heart…

RYAN RAY.

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Photographs © Ryan Ray Photography

I haven’t done an inspiration post in a while. If I really tried, I could probably do several inspiration posts a day. The internet never ceases to disappoint a creative eye. I fell in love with these Ryan Ray photographs featured in Rue magazine for many different reasons: the use of film, the soft white light, impeccable styling, a longing for warm weather, a love of olives. Okay, it’s really just the olive part. Inspiration doesn’t always have to shock and excite. Sometimes it can just be a little reminder of something quite comfortable.