Follow Your Path - I started the morning wondering if I could find any color, with clouds rolling through and blotting out the still dark sky...it looked doubtful. But then a subtle change began as I was leaving the house around 6:20, with a nice line of thunderheads lining up, that just might be a nice backdrop for a dramatic start to the day. Listening to those nudges I often talk about, I left the house and was drawn to one of my favorite spots, a dune crossing that has produced some shots that exude calmness and tranquility...some may remember "Soft Beginnings". As I pulled up, instead of setting up on the crossover, my plans were altered for the next 10 or 15 minutes as I worked from the tide line, ultimately capturing several really nice shots looking both up and down the beach. It was a morning of mostly understated and subtle beauty, as I pivoted back and forth as the colors and clouds continually changed. But as I wrapped up, very happy with the morning, I watched a rainbow form and it looked like it might intersect with the path through the dune. Sure enough, as I followed the path back to the base of the dune crossover, the rainbow arrived right where I'd hoped it might.
This leads me to think about how I arrived at this chapter of my life...what circuitous path had I been following? A love for the coast dates back over 50 years, growing up on the west coast, working on fishing boats, then 30 years spent in the fire service, working in California, Florida, Italy, and finally Texas...always on the coast. Somewhere along the line I picked up a camera, though became serious about it only in the last few years after retirement in December 2016. Now I find myself not just drawn to the art of photography, where capturing the image is the goal; but maybe more importantly, also trying to present a lesson through a combination of my thoughts and a quote that dovetails with the image, my words...and my mood at the moment. What is your path...have you arrived yet?
"If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads."
~ Anatole France
"If you follow your bliss you will find a path laid out before you that has been waiting for you all along and you will begin to live the life you ought to be living."
~ Joseph Campbell