Couldn’t get The Doors song, Riders On The Storm, out of my head after taking this photo.
Prehistoric looking birds they are, soaring effortlessly over the waters edge, sometime in squadrons, sometimes solitary hunters, they often skim the waves in search of a meal, then when spotting a suspected target, they suddenly pull their nose up, bank over to either side, fold their wings tight to their bodies, then dive head first into the ocean for their prey.
Came across this beautiful creature in the Grand Tetons, Wyoming.
It’s what everyone is searching for out there, a glimpse of wildlife in its natural environment.
It’s also crazy how close people will get to these animals in order to get the shot they want.
I found solace in understanding I don’t have to outrun these wild animals if they turn aggressive, I only have to outrun the humans who got too close in the first place.
My family often suggests to me that it’s ok NOT to photograph everything. That sometimes just being in the moment is more important than capturing an image of a moment you may have missed. That is hard for me to do.
I’m working on being in the moment, appreciating the moment, being in the ‘now’ instead of always capturing the best shot in order to share that with others.
This particular image was one of the moments I was very aware of what my family often says to me. I captured the shot and put my camera away…and just stared at the beauty before me.
I thought about how lucky I was to be there, staring at the Grand Tetons, breathing the fresh air, being there with my wife, thinking about my kids and how grateful I am for everything in my life, and suddenly I realized I was doing it again, not being in that exact moment, when I’m not thinking about anything but what is in front of me, and I laughed at how hard that is for me to do, being completely in the moment of something, giving it my all, concentrating on the intricacies of what is before me.
The field before me, the dark green conifers pointing skyward, and suddenly the sharp rising rocks rising up to fill the horizon with nothing but jagged peaks. The snow captured within those rocks at elevation and the blue sky serving as a backdrop.
That is what they mean, my family, what they want me to see, even though I do see it often, through the lens, they expressed the importance of being completely in the moment, aware, appreciative, utilizing all of the senses to fully experience that particular moment.
I did all of that here. Set my camera down and stood there, staring, breathing deeply the clean mountain air, listening to the silence, excited to be there, taking it all in, and again…feeling grateful and blessed for that particular moment, the mindfulness, all of it…
I’m sorry I’ve been away from this page for so long. Covid caught up to me and after a month it still lingers. I thought I’d be better by now. I’m one of those breakthrough cases you hear about, someone who has been vaccinated and still gets Covid, and then the symptoms linger a long time…
I am thankful I got the vaccine. Can’t imagine how it would have affected me if I hadn’t. After this long it gets old, I get frustrated I have a burst of energy and then I’m sacked for the rest of the day. And simultaneously I am very grateful to be here.
It’s affected the podcast, this site, my Instagram page, all of it…and with that it is discouraging trying to so hard and being forced to backslide…
Being down for the count also gives one a ton of time to think, to consider the journey we are on in life and what we should be doing or could be doing.
I awoke today and was inspired that no matter what I would get on FindingSubjects.com and write something. I like writing. I could always write something and then read it on the podcast, yes? Like these words? Maybe that’s something I will do in the future?
That’s the origins of all of this anyways…to take a photograph…and talk about it…and find the subjects within each photograph no matter how deep it may be…
For me, there is always a story behind each photo I take. Maybe I need to fully get behind that mindset and stick with it. Maybe people will like that and get behind it?
I’m running out of energy once again…I hate when this happens…but I have hope it will slowly dissipate and I’ll be back to myself in due time…but until then…I will focus on the moments…continuing to be very appreciative of what was, what will be, and most importantly, what currently is, the moment right in front of me now.
Have a great day, all. Thanks for being here. Thank you for reading.