I often say that making good photographs is possible because I’m ready (camera in hand, and on and batteries charged, etc.) and luck. Sometimes I call it serendipity when I want to sound a bit more formal but really I’m talking “luck.” Learning to see reflections in water, as in the photograph above, for example, has been an amazing process of learning to be ready and being darned lucky.
Another recent example: I know the sunshine will come back in our kitchen window on March 3rd—if the sun is shining that day. I know both from personal experience and from our collective, scientific knowledge of how the changes in our angle with the Sun happen that March 3rd is the day it will happen.
So imagine my surprise when last week I found the sun already peeking in the window?! Had the axis of the Earth shifted? Had I lost a couple weeks of time without realizing it?! I looked out the window and—nothing supernatural here—saw the light was being reflected off the front window of a car parked up the hill. Such a simple thing full of such mystery and delight.
I know I am a lucky man! Not just because of a bit of sunshine coming through my window earlier than predicted but because of the countless—truly countless—miracles that unfold from this life of ours—my daughter and grandson being just one more of many examples.
Or stepping out from a long meeting earlier this week and seeing a hillside like this:
Luck? The sun sets every single evening and sometimes it looks like this. I’m grateful to be able to see and enjoy! Thank you, life, I’m ready… .