It’s Friday! And it’s Friday before a long weekend! And Photo Friday is back. Does life get much better?
I want to apologize for missing last week. I’m not sure what is up but the end of September/beginning of October is heralding the kind of fatigue and exhaustion that I typically feel in April/May. Before the end of last school, our central office administrators told us that the group of kids we were getting this year would be difficult, and they weren’t kidding. At least that’s what I’m going to chalk it up to. Last was particularly rough, and this week hasn’t been much better,. In fact, this week’s post almost didn’t happen. If I hadn’t edited part of these photos a few weeks ago, I’d be posting my apologies again this week.
I’ve been struggling with self-care lately. Isn’t that usually how it goes, though? When life gets tough, taking care of ourselves slides by the wayside. For the most part, I’ve been getting my steps in each day, but not much else. I know I am dehydrated and the resulting nausea keeps me from eating much, which probably contributes to the fatigue. I have still been shooting each morning (I’ve got probably close to a thousand photos to cull and edit at this point), but the changing seasons means the sun is rising even later in the day. For the last week, I’ve been catching the beginnings of the sunrise and then heading to work because the actual sunrise happens a little too close to 7:00 for my comfort.
(Are you following me on Instagram, by the way? That’s where I’m sharing a lot of my morning shots)
One of the things that I’m enjoying about shooting the sunrise is that each morning it’s different. That’s probably one of those things that should be self-evident, but being reminded of it is comforting. There are mornings where the sunrise is so vivid and beautiful that it is almost painful to look at. And then there are mornings like yesterday where it is just eh. That feels a lot like my life: moments where everything is so perfect and incredible and then moments when I wonder how it is that I manage to get myself out of the bed and out the door.
Then there are those mornings where the sunrise goes from incredible to blah to oh-holy-Christmas-am-I-glad-I-stuck-around within the space of half an hour. My last Lanikai sunrise was one of those sunrises. Now granted, some of these photos are simply playing around with different effects and presets in Lightroom, but others are really not much more than some basic adjustments. This was also the sunrise where I contemplated running to the car because it started to rain…and as much as I love my Nikon D5200, it’s not weather-sealed. (my next camera will be. Whoa. Did I just say next camera? Not anytime soon, though, but I’m thinking about it)
That burst of rain created some interesting photos, and it led to one of those magical Hawaiian rainbows.
(I need to figure out how to enhance that rainbow. I think, though, in order to do that, I’m going to have to learn how to work in PhotoShop. Thoughts?)
This one might be my favorite from this whole series. There is just something about this photo that speaks to me, even though there’s that green sunflare in the lefthand corner. I just love the clouds and the golden tones (this is one that I did minimal editing).
Just like that – within the space of about 10 minutes – the sun was up and breaking through the clouds, making everything look like a gorgeous watercolor painting. I appreciated the lessons of patience that sunrise photography and especially that morning taught me. If I’d walked away when the first raindrops started falling, I would have missed a lot.
I hope that y’all have had a good two weeks and that the changing seasons are treating you well. I missed you last week 😉 As I said above, we have a long weekend here, and while I could be heading to the Mississippi State/Auburn game with my husband and his daddy, I think I’m going to be happy just lounging at home. A good sleep-in and a lie-about sounds like it might be good for what ails me. It’s Cruisin’ the Coast here so I am thinking that I may make my way to the old VA hospital and get some photos there. I’ve been dying to get into that place ever since we moved to the Coast. Leave me a note in the comments and let me know what you’ve been up to and what you have planned!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! Thank you for joining us again this week! Because there wasn’t a link-up last week, we have to go back two weeks for our most viewed link. Jen from My Sentimental Jamboree shared the fall colors with us. I’m so jealous! While there is a lot to be said for my coastal home, one of the things I terribly miss are those incredible fall colors. We just don’t get them down here.
Our final link two weeks ago came from Sarah at Two Paws Design who shared her little guy enjoying some soccer. As always, there are some incredible posts added later in the link-up. If you missed them, go take a look!
I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week! Thank you so much for joining us each week!