I have been taking outdoor self portraits for a long time now. People are often surprised that all the images here on my blog are taken by me, well 99% of them are, including all the outdoor ones. The odd time they are not I always say in the post if Michael took the picture. As a general rule I am also on my own when I take my images. People assume that Michael comes with me but that is in fact very rare. I mainly prefer going on my own, it is peaceful and I can work at my own pace and the silence actually makes it much easier to identify if anyone else is about.
However on the occasion of this image I had specifically asked Michael to come with me, not to take the shot but to guard the tripod because in order to get this picture the tripod needed to sit in the little stream that runs beneath this fabulous tree and my biggest fear of tripods and water is dogs. More specifically dog that love water and will happily bound into it with a care in the world for my very expensive camera. Luckily no dogs or their human companions disturbed us on this occasion and the sunlight shone in just the right way to reflect watery patterns on my skin.