During the Labor Day holiday I was lucky enough to spend some incredible time at Captiva Island. While lounging in the pool after spending the day on the beach, an entire family of men came down and lounged along with us. I immediately thought of the “It’s a Male Thing” theme. Dads and sons with whiskey and cigars talking about the women in the family – who were conspicuously (and conveniently) absent.
Once again I went down to my trusty spot at the jetty to check out the waves. They were pretty high, and made a marvelous show of hitting the rocks. Of course I wasn’t satisfied with taking a shot from the parking lot. I decided to get a closer look and proceeded to climb along the rocks toward the middle of the pile. Often times we see children doing this, I was amused by the looks of the people sitting in their cars watching me as I clambered around to try to get a decent foothold and get a nice shot. Just as I felt like I had gone far enough, and found a steady rock on which to situate myself, a wave hit. My reflexes were just quick enough to get the shot – unfortunately these same reflexes were not quick enough to save me from a soaking. Desperately I held the camera over my head to save it and took a final photo. That is the one I have attached. The amusement left my face, and was quickly transferred to those sitting by watching my adventure.
Labor Day weekend was full of surprises! I ended up travelling down to Captiva Island and staying with one of my absolute favorite people and her husband at South Seas Resort. The trip was relatively unplanned, and just pretty much fell in our laps. While there, we spent time along the waters edge (both the shore and in the marina) trying to coerce fish into thinking that the bait on the end of our hooks was just what they ordered for lunch. Unfortunately, they loved the bait, but were not interested in the hooks (can hardly blame them.) After I decided to quit feeding the fish, I went for a walk along the marina to enjoy the view. To my surprise, a family of dolphin appeared. These are the shots I was able to get of them. Wild animals do not appear to understand direction by a photographer! One is of the male, who had come to the edge and was splashing and rolling around in the shallow clear water. I was lucky enough to catch mom and baby swim by as they watched the male be silly. I went fishing….but didn’t catch a fish – caught something much better.
Several weeks ago I drove my daughter to the airport to send her off to her last year at the University of Virginia. Now you’d think that I would be used to saying goodbye, with all of her world travels and constant hopping on planes – but, I am not. Every moment with her has become a little gem to me because of their becoming more and more rare. I have a tendency to try to hoard each one as if it was priceless. While in the airport gift shop, (Of course we went into the gift shop, you never know what you will find!), I spied these little key chains that were full of sparkle. They represent the moment for me in such a perfect fashion; they are hearts which are a symbol of love and they glittered like jewels – rare little precious moments, when love shines and tears glisten.
When will I learn? It happened again. I have to just let go and accept what the universe may send my way.
One of the many things this challenge has done for me is encourage me to get out and take advantage of my beautiful surroundings. I decided to drive to the South Jetty near my home during a rainstorm to see what may come my way as far as an opportunity for a photo. While sitting in the car trying to get a nice shot of the rain on the rocks and beach, a red car drove up and parked next to me – in an empty parking lot, mind you, because it was raining after all – and pulled right into the line of site of the camera. Of course, the car had to be red – not exactly something that would blend in and not be so obvious. I tried to take a shot that the car wouldn’t mar the view. And finally after many many attempts, I thought I had accomplished my goal and was able to get the rainy day scene that I was going for. And then it happened….Yet again, when I got home and reviewed my work, I noticed that even though the actual vehicle was not in the shot – I could still see bits of red. It was then that I realized that the car was reflected in the drops of water on the glass. If you zoom in and look closely, you can actually see a distorted car in some of the drops. What I ended up with ended up pleasing me so much more, than if I had just gone along with my plan. Life is so much more interesting when you are able to appreciate its little surprises!
This challenge has really been fun! The joy of constantly looking at the world in a new way – opportunities for discovery around every corner! The thrill of seeing something and realizing it could fit a theme is just pure fun. This sense of excitement came to me during the most mundane times while packing my office at work. We are moving next month and the prep work as been overwhelming. There has been much culling going on while we try to prepare to move into a facility half the size of our current space. While throwing things away we are also looking for things to save so items like binders and folders are being put in boxes to take to the new site. When dumping several binder clips into a collection box I noticed a lone bright yellow clip swimming in a sea of shiny black ones. It immediately hit me that I had to take a photo. The staff thought I’d lost my mind as I stood there with my phone, snapping pictures of a box of binder clips…isn’t it awesome? To find a little treasure in the most unlikely of places. A box of discarded binder clips.
My plan was to get a photo of the silhouette of a boat that was slowly making its way toward me. As I was waiting for what seemed like forever for the sailboat to inch its way into the reflecting sun, a man who had been quietly sitting near me for an hour suddenly got up and started walking into the sea in front of me. Frantically I started clicking photos trying to catch the boat before he came into the shot. The sun was glaring in my eyes and I couldn’t quite see what I was taking a picture of, but the entire time I cussed him under my breath for ruining the shot that I had waited so long to take. When I got home and reviewed all of the photos, it was the one with the man in it that I liked the most! I laughed at myself for getting so stressed and took back all of the rude things I thought about the guy while I was hurriedly taking the pictures.