I think one of the reasons I enjoy photography, is that it allows me escape the craziness of everyday life, and seek the silence. Some people go within and meditate. I try every now and then, but it has never stuck as part of my routine. Instead, I get into my meditative state when I’m out in nature, creating photos. Reading The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh taught me that you can turn anything into a meditative experience.
These photos are from the coast north of SF. This stretch of Highway 1 was new to me. I appreciated the ruggedness and peacefulness. I wish I had more time to explore the area.
I’m heading down to the central coast today, for a 2nd Christmas with my family. I wasn’t able to go home, for the first time, because I was here taking care of my grandmother. She has been more confused and anxious this month because of the holidays. It’s hard enough getting gifts for 35 grandchildren and great grandchildren, when you have all your faculties. It’s absolutely impossible when you have no short term memory. I hope she can grasp that the holidays are over, and relax a bit more. I’ll be trying to do the same.
During my 5 or 6 day break, I’m going to try to get some sunshine (it will be in the 70s,) and review a few apps. Most importantly, I’m going to get back to shooting, now that I have my Nikon again. I also got myself a new lens and I’m expecting a 10 stop neutral density filter when I get back, so I’m eager to test them out.
Also, if anyone wants to meet up in Big Sur on the 1st or 2nd, let me know. I’ve decided thats where I’d like to start my new year. Keyhole arch is amazing right now, with the sun shining through in the evening. I also want to explore the freshly burned areas because I’m sure there are some powerful images to be created there.