2020, in one way or another, has kind of felt like we're all standing right next to a high voltage power line; even though it could be worse, it is definitely not our choice location, and it's a little unnerving at all times. Although I imagine most of us are anxiously awaiting a new year, and a whole new chapter, I challenge you to reflect on this year and look for the good. What was learned? What was improved? What will you not take for granted again? It sounds cliché, but I believe that massive challenge yields massive growth, and this year has definitely been a challenge. Either way, I hope you've had a wonderful holiday season and that you have an even better New Year!
I saw this eagle on a very cold morning. If I recall, the temperature was around 27 degrees, which may not sound like much for some, but for a lifelong Californian, that's pretty chilly. I could have easily stayed inside where it was warm, but I felt the need to go explore and hopefully come across something beautiful. And I sure did! It ended up being my most incredible eagle sighting to-date, and acted as a powerful reminder that comfort never leads to new and exciting experiences.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Hawk in flight
I can't tell you how frustrating it is for me to be driving somewhere, seeing something beautiful that I want to photograph, but not having my camera with me. For that reason, the times I do have my camera, I do my best to never let a photo opportunity pass by. Even if it includes some serious backtracking, some relative inconvenience or I'm just feeling lazy, I always end up thankful that I took the time.
"Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time” is to say “I don’t want to."
the road less traveled
After work recently I packed up my car and headed towards Lassen. The route I usually take was so jam packed with traffic that I decided to take the much slower route, but it ended up being completely worth it. Instead of being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic for large portions of the trip, I was cruising through hills and winding roads, stopping to take photos whenever something pretty caught my eye. This walnut grove ended up being the highlight. And instead of arriving at my destination worn out, grumpy and photoless, I arrived with a beautiful photo to share and thankful for the experiences I just had.
"Two Roads Diverged In A Wood And I – I Took The One Less Traveled By, And That Has Made All The Difference"
I witnessed something really special this week. I was on a walk in Mineral, CA when I looked up to see three full-grown bald eagles flying high above me. They seemed to be playing, following one another in circles, so fast and so elegant. I unfortunately wasn't able to get a photo of all three of them, but I did get a handful of shots that I think turned out pretty nice. Here's one of them.
"Eagles: When they walk, they stumble. They are not what one would call graceful. They were not designed to walk. They fly. And when they fly, oh, how they fly, so free, so graceful. They see from the sky what we never see."