I have had the fortune to stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel a few times. Each time I stay, the fog has been terrible in the morning and evenings. So much so that you could not see the pyramids from the hotel, even though they are just across the parking lot. On my last visit, the sun was setting and I was able to take this one view. The next evening, when I actually had more time to shoot, the fog prevented any view at all. I was lucky to get this one opportunity from the window of my room.
One morning while on vacation, I rose early to capture a sunrise while in Pensacola. I made my way to a surf side park I had found the day before and expected to be the only person there. Much to my surprise, there was already a large group of people jogging and exercising around the park. When shooting photos from a pier in the early light, I had to wait for the joggers to pass, so as not to shake the tripod. As the morning brightened, the joggers left, replaced by this lone cyclist.
After a day on the water, it’s both a relief and let down to return to the pier. The fun is over, but the memories will last long past the day. This was taken at Shaggy’s on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola, Florida.
The holiday break was in and school was out. It was dreadfully cold as I drove home from work, but the sky looked interesting enough to run home for the camera, then back out to see what might develope. As sunsets go, it wasn’t bad, but things really didn’t take shape until I was walking back to the car. I thought it might be interesting to peak through the ball field fence. Though the sun was gone, the fence seemed to frame the colorful clouds nicely.
Some years are better than others and some years can be a bit more challenging. 2013 for our family was a mixture. Like most of you, we had our times that tested us in more ways than I care to recount, but there were also many great times I will look back on fondly.
Last year this time, I mentioned that the present is a present. I try to remember this while understanding that I can not control or fix everything too. The popular Serenity Prayer (reprinted below) is something I am trying to recall more often.
From a photographic standpoint, I have made some great friends that I enjoy shooting with and hope to continue our photo excursions. My friends keep me motivated, challenged and shooting. Thank you for joining me as I continue this photographic journey and I hope that 2014 will be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for all.
Goodbye 2013. Hello 2014.
The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr
God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world As it is, not as I would have it; Trusting that He will make all things right If I surrender to His Will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life And supremely happy with Him Forever and ever in the next.
Last year, our family had dinner at Shaggy’s the evening before we left Pensacola. As it turned out, we did the same this year. And once again, we were treated to a great sunset as we watched from the back deck above the pier. It was such a relaxing way to end the day, and our trip, enjoying some great seafood with family as our vacation drew to a close.
Every sunset is unique. It is like a blank canvas in front of an artist, waiting to be filled with color and shapes. Some people are fortunate to have a great western view, while some are not. My view at home poor, so I have to leave for a good view for a sunset. When we visited Florida, our views were great both morning and night. I always marvel at the shades of color as the sun departs. This day, orange filled the horizon as low clouds helped to filter the setting sun.