What does it take to stop you in your tracks? For me, it's the everyday surprises I discover in nature. Those colors and textures fuel my enthusiasm for photography, and make me glad to be a part of this world at this special point in time.
I try to stay alert to details, and that's what excites me about a day out with my camera. It's a constant search for lightplay, shape, texture, color, and movement. So many times, I've captured a detail that I would have missed if I'd been glancing to the left or right. A moment in time--that is the fun of nature photography. No two moments will ever be the same. Ever.
Half the time I'm without my camera when I run across something awe-inspiring, but I've learned to simply take in the beauty and enjoy the moment, the way I did as a child when I'd inspect the details of wildflowers in the field behind our house. I didn't have a camera until fourth grade, but my love for the tiniest of details began at an early age.
Whether it's sunrise or dusk, wildflowers or mountaintops, each of us can remember a sight that took our breath away. I hope this week we'll pause to look around us - really pause - and step away from the rush long enough to savor the amazing beauty of our world.
I've been accused of being "low maintenance" and I take that as a compliment, thankyouverymuch. There's not a lot I need to make me happy. Just give me a camera and a day to explore, and I'm on top of the world.
Have a great week, everyone!