After getting a “smart phone” last year, I never anticipated just how much I would enjoy the ability to take a digital photo, edit it, and upload it to the world. Instant gratification! Pretty pictures!
But I’m sharing a few of them today to just make the point that beauty is all around us, and is fleeting, and that sometimes it’s just worth stopping in your tracks for an instant, or slamming on the brakes, pulling (SAFELY!) to the road shoulder, and turning on the flashing “hazard lights” to capture something you may not see again. It might be the way the sunlight spreads shadows across a field or a weathered barn door, or the molten beauty of a sunrise, or an architectural detail on a building that you just looked at from a different angle, that day, by accident.
Every one of these shots has been taken “on the fly,” in between daily errands, or during my lunch hour at work, or on the drive to or from the office, or on the way to a shopping mall. I remember I had to set down my grocery bags to take the picture of the icicles hanging from the rose bush…right next to the house. I can’t remember the last time I actually set out a block of time to go to a particular location just to relax and take pictures. But there are an infinite number of times that I say “I’m not going to drive another block, or take another step, until I capture this particular instant in front of me.” Of course I can’t capture time…but revisiting those instants still makes me smile!
So the next time your eye is caught by something that makes your heart sing with awe and gratitude, and that you want to share with the world and the ones you love…take your phone out of your purse or your pocket and set the camera function and just DO IT.
As long as there’s no traffic on the road right behind you!