Sometimes in life you just don't know what's around the corner, both in terms of positives things and challenging things. On this drive around Oahu a storm dumped a ton of water onto the island quickly which changed a day of fun sightseeing around the island into an unexpectedly challenging and long day with water crossings and closed roads due to flooding. I feel like that's such a metaphor for life. You feel like you're cruising along in a great place and then everything can change in an instant and you have to navigate a different course to your goal. The key is keeping your eyes on the destination without getting too attached to the path you were on. It's not so easy sometimes but life throws curve balls, it's how you react to them that determines your success. Also though if you're open to it, you can find the beauty in that process, just like the beauty in these mountains and waterfalls in the storm. Good luck with those curve balls friends! 🙏
Photography has taught me a lot over the years. It started as a driver to explore places away from the beaten path. Or at least off my trajectory at the time. A camera was my 11th essential through trips in the San Bernidinos and the Sierras when I was just learning about light and pooping in the woods.
I chased plenty of photons through the NW as well. It was often easy to find grand vistas, when the weather cooperated. I sought out details of the understory at the same time, though.
But most of all photography has dictated to me how important it is to focus. Look at a scene, distill it to its elemental pieces and include what is needed. Then look again. Focus again. Is that a lake bottom, or trees yearning for the light. I can identify with each, so I include them both.
and if nothing else, remember that sun rises are nature’s proof that everything with start again, and with it a new chance to be greater. bigger. stronger. and to eat more zebra cakes. #huntingforviews