This photo almost didn’t happen.
Not because the conditions and place wouldn’t have been there for anyone to see, but because I almost decided not to go there that morning. Let me explain……
…… I almost didn’t get out of bed. After “chasing Fall color” for 19 hours the day before, no one would have blamed me I suppose….but after the alarm went off, I felt kinda guilty.
Here I was, in a place that is almost like a mecca for landscape photographers, and I was wondering if it would be worth the effort to get out of bed, put my clothes on, grab my camera, and take my chances- because it was raining all night and into the morning Going to be a challenge.
Now, everbody knows that the only shot to takefor landscapes is blue sky and perfect sunrises with “poofy” clouds right?
Wrong! And I knew it…pissy weather dramatic conditions, increase likelyhood of dramatic photgraphs.
( Dolly Sods is a little over 4000 from the valley basin and conditions can get VERY dramatic VERY quick up there…trust me- you haven’t lived til you see lightning crawl over ground and rocks towards you!)
Soooo, I made a decision. One that gave me the opportunity to take the photo above- I decided to get up.
And here’s the point of my story….wait for it….here it comes….
I was in a personal place in my head that was already defeated by the elements, being tired, and wanting to find excuses as to WHY going someplace others only dream about going; just wasn’t going to work out or be worth my time to get there ( about an hour over dirt roads into wilderness territory)
I guess what made my decision to get up and shake off those excuses was a leap of faith really. I wasn’t guaranteed that I would find anything other than rainy miserable weather; but I decided that I was here for a reason; and I had to carry on anyway- My whole purpose was to photograph landscapes that would be out of the ordinary- so why wait for ordinary….I just needed to take that moment and see where it led me!
When I got to the top of the mountain, I was surprised to find that it wasn’t raining on top- but foggy instead, the front was moving off, and the dim glow of the sun was creating a “blueness” that made the rocks so quiet- not even birds were making noises….It was almost like an epiphany of sorts. I saw in that one moment that I took this image, a metaphor for life in general- and why this photograph means something personal to me.
That waking up is the easy part, getting on with whatever condition you’re in is the tuff part. But if you can make the decision to get up; that’s the hardest part of your day conquered in that blink of an eye decision.
And getting to where you were meant to be comes from one step at a time, the journey begins and ends with small steps.Be brave; take one.
Allow time to be amazed and enjoy the moment- realize that not everyone is as fortunate as you are- be joyous at what you see from the peak of where you are, but remember- there are other places you must go and seek- and you have to take that leap of faith that it will be worth it once you get there.
Sometimes you get to see things like this that others miss while theystill lay in their beds waiting for daylight to come to them……