It's easy to get caught up in the complexities of life - spanning from mortgage payments and job deadlines, to which new iPhone to choose and the frustrations of the final season of Game of Thrones. But let us not forget the simplest of pleasures, like a freshly made bed, the smell of coffee in the morning, or the gratitude of shade on a hot, sunny day.
"Life is truly lived in moments of simplicity."
Remember the other day when I shared a photo of two tule elk bulls with their big, fuzzy antlers? Well I might not have told the entire story... there weren't just two, there were actually five. Upon returning home after graciously photographing these handsome animals, I began researching them a bit. The tule elk are apparently only found in California, and nearly went extinct in the 1800s due to over-hunting and displacement due to cattle expansion. In fact, at one point they were actually thought to be completely extinct, until a Bakersfield cattle baron, Henry Miller, discovered a tiny herd on his ranch in 1874. Fortunately he had the foresight to preserve and protect the herd, and now the entire estimated 5,700 tule elk population present in 22 herds across California, are said to have been derived directly from his small herd.
My father and I walked down near the tide pools at MacKerricher State Park, hoping to see some neat stuff. We arrived too late, however, and the tide was already up fairly high, so we were going to turn back around. Fortunately, before leaving we both looked down and right beside us was this big, beautiful starfish. We had both been so focused on the disappearing tide pools in front of us that we didn't immediately notice what was right beside us. A perfect metaphor if I ever heard one.
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."
For around 10 minutes I sat watching seals play in the surf off the coast of Fort Bragg, CA. Most of the time they either basked in the sun, swam around, and chased each other through the beautiful blue water. But as you can see, things eventually got a little more serious between these two. It's possible they simply bumped into each other while playing, but I chose to take it as an adorable, loving kiss.
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”
I was driving around the beautiful Point Reyes coastline, just cruising, taking photos and enjoying the sunshine. It was starting to get late in the day, so I decided to start making my way home. I accidentally took a wrong turn, but seeing as I wasn't in a rush I decided to see where the road led. Well, it ended up dead-ending about 5 miles up the road, forcing me to turn back around. But, to my great fortune, I spotted these massive Elk on the grassy hillside. I had been wanting to photograph Elk for months now, and I finally got my chance. All thanks to a wrong turn.
"Sometimes life takes an unexpected wrong turn in the right direction."