Still Learning To See

A full day, empty of photographs

I enjoyed a remarkable day with one of my sisters, exploring some wonderful new territory, enjoying each others’ company and having lots of fun just playing with (such a great term!) our cameras and making all kinds of photographs.

In the end I found I had no “useable” photographs. At first I was really disappointed. I’d hoped to find a photography to post here. Interesting how “hope” and “disappointed” are both rooted in somewhere other than the present, often not a very satisfying place to be for long.

In the here and now I was clear the photographs were simply not very good. I deleted them all. Once I shifted myself to the present moment, I actually felt good doing it and just saying to myself: “I learned a lot today and none of these are worth saving!”

So here is one I made a few years ago on a winter visit to Michigan. There was a quick break in the clouds, a flash of sun and the bright light reflecting off fractured ice of Lake Erie below.

I love the challenge of even finding the scale of this photograph. Is it a close-up or what?! Ultimately the clouds and brightness guide my eyes until they recognize, far below, the patterns of fractured ice on Lake Erie.

This entry was published on January 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm and is filed under Ice, Patterns, Photograph, Reflections, Winter. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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