I was driving into work, looking at the spectacular colors of the sunrise over the trees. I found it inspirational. But not the way most people think.
Now, when my mind starts going, it tends to hop on a speeding train. And my train sometimes jumps the tracks. Usually, it comes around. But after a long, somewhat bizarre, and often disjointed detour.
Back to this inspirational sunrise. My inspiration went something like this:
The first thought upon seeing this beautiful sunrise: I wish I had my camera.
Wow! I think this a lot.
I often look at things and wish I could take a picture. I started thinking about how often I get inspired to take a picture. Sometimes it makes sense, pretty view, beautiful sunrise, picturesque lake, etc.
Then again, I do get inspired by some very varied things. One day it may be the rubber ducks I collect, the next a spider web. I’ve been inspired by bugs, flowers and rusty railroad tracks. I’ve taken pictures of waterfalls and crumbled, abandoned roads within moments of each other. I’ve been inspired to stage and take one picture while taking an un-staged picture. I’ve even been watching The Walking Dead and wondered if a location was real or staged and, if real, where is it so I can go take pictures.
So let’s see if we can follow this road I’m on so far: beautiful sunrise – camera – rubber ducks – The Walking Dead. I did warn it was a bizarre and disjointed detour.
But it does come around and make a little sense.
The final thought on this beautiful sunrise: in a time when everyone carries a camera disguised as a phone, a time when nearly everyone feels the need to take a selfie at the drop of a hat (and often the hat too), sometimes it is nice just to experience and enjoy what you are looking at and where you are.
It is more than ok to just put the camera down.
All that from one camera-less sunrise in the space of one red light.