Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight
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December’s in the Pacific NW are normally overcast and rainy.  When we do have a break in the weather I try to take advantage of it by grabbing the camera and heading out to some of my favorite locations.  And, since I live close to the Columbia River, there are a lot of locations to choose from.

On this particular evening I went down to a little known park called “Cottonwood Beach” (see the exact location – bottom of post).  After 15 – 20 minutes of scouting around I located an area where some shrubbery was protruding through the river.  The sun would be setting behind them so I decided to make this my shooting location for the night.

I had a feeling that the light was going to be exceptional so I setup my equipment, found some nice compositions and began shooting.  It wasn’t long before the color started appearing in the sky casting a gold glow across the river.  I knew some good images were at hand.

Grand Landscapes are at the top of my list for photographic subjects and this night provided me with everything I needed to capture them.  With a dramatic sky, gorgeous light, reflecting water, and good scenes to work with, I could not have been happier.

After I captured my share of images it was time to step back and just enjoy the moment.  It was time to just enjoy the beauty of nature and appreciate everything around me.  It was time to just be…  For me, this appreciation is what photography is all about.  Yes, I can capture some very delightful scenes but having the opportunity to be surrounded by this beauty is even more special.  This is something no one should take for granted.

With the light fading fast I took time to look a little closer and explore some of natures details.  That’s when I saw the image in this post. By stopping and enjoying the moment I was able to discover more and bring home meaningful memories.

How about you?  Do you take some time to enjoy that sunset, the color of the leaves in the fall, or the blanket of snow covering the land?  Take a few minutes and appreciate the beauty nature gives you.  It truly is a gift.

Until next time,
-Jack

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