Life has so many ways of distracting me that I often find it difficult to be completely present in any given moment. This may come as no surprise to you, but I feel most centered when I'm outdoors. There's a simplicity and dependability to nature that I love. A calm, quiet, stillness that helps keep me present, and provides me moments to think and to reflect.
"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks."
There was one night on my Oregon trip that will forever stand out as a highlight for me. You've already seen other photos from this night; it was when I had the pleasure of visiting Haystack Rock for the sunset. This beach was basically an amusement park for photographers. Everywhere I looked was a new interesting angle, or a water reflection shot, sand texture for the foreground, pretty sunset for the background. It was practically impossible to take a bad photo. This is one of my favorites from that night, which I'm excited to finally share with you.
"Photography is the art of making memories tangible."
Last time I shared a photo of the white deer it was fun for me to see how many of you had never seen, nor heard of, these beautiful animals. That's one aspect of photography that I've always loved; it allows me to share with others something they might not otherwise be able to see on their own. And I take a lot of pride in that.
"I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn't photograph them."
This is all that's left of the Peter Iredale; a once 275 foot-long sailing vessel from Liverpool, England that ran aground in Oregon during a storm in 1906. In spirit of the new year, and using the shipwreck as a metaphor, it felt appropriate to remind people that the past is in the past. We can remember it, we can learn from it, but to continue to live in it is doing a disservice to our present and our future. We have all made mistakes, we have all been caught in nasty storms, we have all run our proverbial ships ashore. But that doesn't mean you should avoid sailing completely. It means you should salvage the best parts from the wreckage, leave behind what doesn't serve you, and learn to do all of it better the next time around.
"Holding on is believing that there’s a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future."
-Daphne Rose Kingma