The times I drive into work can vary from day to day, so catching a sunrise can be a bit tricky. What is even trickier is trying to photograph it without stopping. Not to worry though… I drive one of those four-lane roads, with center turn lane and wide shoulders, making it almost 6 lanes wides. On this morning, there was no traffic coming or going, so I could slow down and shoot out the driver’s window for a few brief seconds. Okay, maybe more than a few brief seconds.
The largest of three pyramids at Moody Gardens, the blue Aquarium Pyramid is approximately 12 stories high. The massive pools that are housed in the pyramid contain approximately 10,000 marine animals from fish, sharks, seals and penguins, representing different regions of the sea: North Pacific, South Pacific, South Atlantic and Caribbean.
The Galveston Causeway is in the distance, just to the left of the pyramid. It carries traffic over Galveston Bay and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
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.