Honestly, this week I needed a break from seeing the world through a viewfinder. That, three weeks of 18+ hour days traveling in Alaska and the task, even if anticipated, of reviewing over seven thousand photographs seemed to warrant a bit of time off. Seeing again what I have seen will take patience though I’m excited about the results.
There have been times when my camera has become a barrier to my seeing rather than an opening onto the world. That was not the case for me in Alaska. The challenge was seeing so much and so much that was new , most of it on a scale grand beyond my imagining.
I remind myself, back this week in a “smaller” Vermont, to see this familiar landscape as well. It is, after all, a new morning with new light, a newly refreshed landscape from the rain we had last night; if I were to pick up any handful of dirt or get down on all fours anywhere in my yard, I could easily be lost again for three weeks seeing worlds as yet unexplored—all without a long ride on an airplane!