Happy Photo Friday! Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! This week’s entry has the added bonus of happening on America’s Inauguration Day. I am not at all sure that today is a happy occasion, but it certainly is historic. I considered a patriotic themed post for this week – all American flags and symbols of freedom and might – but to be honest, we haven’t had much opportunity for that kind of shooting.
Barring that idea, I decided that I can best deal with the changes that are coming by continuing to seek out instances of light…even with they are difficult to find. We’ve had a bit of the blah ickies here with dense fog and heavy rain. As many people feel a keen sense of mourning, perhaps the gloom is fitting and apt. As I head out every morning, I remind myself that even if this particular morning does not create an incredible show of inspiring color, eventually the light returns. It always returns.
We are in winter here on the Coast, which means that the fog is a more present companion. I’m not complaining because it presents me with the opportunity practice and get some different photos.. I don’t particularly enjoy driving in it, but I like to shoot in it. I need all the practice I can get too. My Ocean Spring bridge photos from the other night were bad. So very, very bad.
The grey this morning was perfectly suited to black and white photography. While the tones were a bit bluer in my cell phone captures, they weren’t much bluer. I might even go back and re-edit these particular photos for that bluer or purpler tone.We can ride the waves as long as our anchor is strong Click To Tweet
The fog gave me the opportunity to revisit the pier and park near my home. I don’t usually shoot there in the mornings at this time of year because the sunrise is further south. A blanketing fog, though, means that it doesn’t matter where the sun is rising.
I’m always going to love this particular sailboat anchored here in the cove near the James Hill Park boat launch. There’s just something about it sitting so serene and easy, no matter the weather or what is going on around it. It serves as another reminder to me that we can ride the waves as long as our anchor is strong. Most mornings I include a quote with my images on Instagram, and as I think about anchors in these turbulent times, this one came to mind:
Hope is the anchor of our souls. I know of no one who is not in need of hope – young or old, strong or week, rich or poor. – James E. Faust
When we believe that hope still exists, when we reuse to give in to the seductive pull of the swirling mists, we are eventually rewarded with the gorgeous, amazing light. It returns to us as surely as the blessed warming and greening of the ground follows the winter sleep.
There is something incredibly soothing and comforting about the way the sun slips free from the horizon. I don’t know what it is, but every morning that I get to see the spreading glow turn into first a small spot of gold that almost can’t struggle above the far edge of the sky and then morph into a fiery orange ball that illuminates the entire heavens, is a magical morning. As captivated and slack-jawed as fireworks and Christmas lights have the power to make me, the sunrise does the same to me.
I hope that your week has been gentle and that your searches for the sun and the light have been rewarded with gorgeous beauty. I know that not all of you (most of you) aren’t Americans so our election probably hasn’t consumed you. Please forgive my ramblings about it. Have a great weekend doing the things that bring you the greatest happiness.
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! We’re so glad to have you join us again this week. As always, I can’t wait to see what you have for us.
Y’all were busy last week! Once again there was a HUGE tie for the most-viewed link with a total of 7 of you garnering the same number of clicks. Thank you for visiting each other’s posts and for spreading a little bit of love! While I normally include a link and a photo from the most viewed posts, seven of you are a just a few too many follow that practice this week.
As I said, I can’t wait to see what y’all have for us this week! Thanks for joining us once again!