This morning I came to this tower to take a picture of the full moon as it set to the West. Only it didn't turn out all that good and as I stood here wondering what to do I turned around and noticed the sunrise from behind these clouds. This observation tower is at Neil Preserve in Bradenton. I came here at the crack of dawn and got eaten alive by the bugs as I walked the path from the parking lot. But on top here was a nice breeze and a welcome respite from the mosquitos below.
This is my Plan B shot, the one I didn't come here for. With photography, and life in general, it's always good to have a backup plan if the first one falls through. I have a little voice in my head that tells me to turn around. Well, maybe more of a habit than a voice. Nevertheless sometimes I listen and turn around and look for opportunities in the other direction. My own philosophy is that I should have everything I need, I just need to keep an open mind and look for whatever comes my way.
That makes every outing a challenge. Life is the same way, each day a challenge, each challenge and opportunity to find a creative solution. There I go again. It seems relating photography to life is also a habit of mine. At least it's not a voice in my head.
I took this during sunrise at Emerson Preserve. As the sun rises the light is truly rare for a few minutes and everything seems to take on a magical quality. Sometimes I like to focus on ordinary plants, placing them directly in front of the sun. At moments like this even the ordinary seems extraordinary.
I think that at times we all tend to underestimate our own value. I do it from time to time. Sometimes I feel just like this plant in the field. I'm not sure about the metaphor but you get my meaning. Yet, when I came along on this morning I was struck by this little plant and how the sun illuminated it for a few minutes. I think the plant neither knows or cares that I was impressed and took its picture. It just does its thing, whether someone notices it or not is of little consequence.
So maybe that's one way to look at it. Despite those moments of self doubt we all get, just keep on keeping on and know that we're awesome, whether anyone notices or not. Other people noticing is not the point, being awesome is.
I find my own meaning when I'm up at dawn with my camera. Its about being in the moment and aware of what's around me. That sounds simple, but for me, it's the key to awesome.
This is from a place known as City Island here in Sarasota. It's not a city, but if you turn the other way it has a great view of the city. This is where the Mote Marine Laboratory is located. It's a world class not-for-profit marine research facility, they also have an aquarium and ocean mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility. It's a great place to visit if you're in the area.
However I was here early one morning to get photos of the city at sunrise and then decided to turn my camera in the other direction. This is one of two herons that were there that morning as I walked about the park. They didn't seem to mind that I was there, probably because it was prime fishing time and couldn't be bothered with the human and his tripod, can't say that I blame them.
I've taken pictures of this tree before, it's distinctive and just begs to be photographed. The problem is there are a lot of distractions if you point the other way towards the city; buildings, boats and bushes. So on this day I took a different approach and aimed away from the city towards City Island. Come to think of it that should be a riddle: How do you turn your back on the city and face the city at the same time? Stand on City Island in Sarasota.