Collecting Moments And Learning To Appreciate Mistakes

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Life is a collection of consecutive moments that we forge into reality as they are given. We began creating our today from bits and pieces of all the previous yesterdays. Each moment is a patchwork of successes and mistakes that form the thread we weave tomorrow with. It’s not really matter of if we fail but when. More importantly is how we use that failure in creating our future. We can build a wall of mistakes that imprison our own spirits in an impenetrable fortress of “I Can’t” or, we can use those same errant blocks to build a stairway that takes us beyond our previous limits. It all depends on how you arrange your mistakes. Today I was looking through my archive for some specific images to present to a client as potential book covers and the deeper into the past I got the more I cringed at what I had chosen to archive. A lot of images were over processed and there was virtually no control over lighting. Some of the images had such a poor flow that it was hard to tell what the subject was. And yet the overall pattern shows that I have built on my mistakes by learning from them. And I am more than certain that there will be more building blocks in the future.

When I look at tonight’s feature image of the Snowberry Clearwing Moth feeding on the chicory bloom I see life in motion. A moment of time suspended that carries all my previous moments that built up to the point when my eye and lens moved in sync with the moments of the moth’s life. It is as much a collection of lessons learned as it is a collection of successes.

I suppose that in conclusion of tonight’s post I simply wanted to encourage you to never allow a failure to hold you back on anything you try. Life is an expiriment in trial and error and the errors are not a stopping point. They’re just a way to find what does work.

The Persistent Yesterday

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Warm breezes caress my face as the marbled sky slips by above my little slice of Appalachia. I stand before the fading symbol of prosperity observing it’s slow descent into lower chamber of the hourglass. Beams and planks twist and bend as they’re pulled back to the ether. The breeze whispers it’s keening song in time with the rattle of the tin. The humid summer air carries the faintest of hints that at one time barrels of sweet grain and stacks of hay filled the dusty floor. The tools and trappings hang frozen on rusted nails awaiting a duty call that never came. Thorns reclaim what the plow forgot and the harvesters left to lie fallow.

Image Titled “Coming And Going 52620”.

The flower only fades away so that the seed may drop. In time new hands will clear the thorns that cling to broken and powdered beams. The sounds hammer saw will call forth a new work and the smell of freshly cut lumber will fill the air. The fallow earth will be fertilized by dreams and sweat and the will to thrive once more. And the persistence of yesterday shall be transformed into the reality of today.

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Transition 2020

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As I look up to the engineering marvel that spans the canyon before me the cold winter wind nips at ears. The New River Gorge sleeps on gathering it’s strength for the oncoming Spring. Even the river seems particularly tranquil as the cold water slips by beneath the Tunney Hunsaker Bridge.

The significance of this place on this day isn’t lost in me. I stand in a place of transition on a day of transition.

As I said the other day I make no resolutions for New Year’s Day but instead will make small course corrections throughout the year. In 2019 I learned that transition itself is a lifelong process. As humans we are in a constant state of flux. We’re either moving closer to our goals or drifting away from them. If we wait for one day out of the year to maintain course we’ll spend our whole lives adrift.

What will 2020 hold for us? Whatever we make it into.

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A Few Thoughts On New Year’s Resolutions

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I have stopped by the little pool at Glen Ferris as I often do. I only have a few minutes to catch a moment of peace. As I watched the water cascade down the rocks and collect in the little pool my mind begins to focus on the New Year and the tradition of making a resolution. You could almost draw a resolution out of a hat and it would mean as much. You see, most of the New Year’s resolutions are really just wishes.

I want be healthier.

I want to be more organized.

I want to learn something.

I want… fill in the blank. There’s plenty to choose from.

We do this as if New Year’s Day is some magical time that empowers you to achieve a goal guaranteed or you get a refund. But when you buy something with wishes then your refund is getting your wish back. I have come to the conclusion that a lot of these resolutions wishes are given to us by the expectations of others. Or more accurately, what we think other people expect from us. And if it’s not really something that we want for ourselves then we don’t really do the legwork. Or if we do then it’s only half hearted and it is never a priority.

After giving some of these things a little more thought I’ve decided that my New Year’s resolution this year be not waiting for the New Year to start working on the things that I want to change and to decide for myself what things I want to change in the first place.

Regardless of what the goals eventually turn out to be it should be something that is truly our goals so that we’ll be naturally motivated to make them happen. Anything else is just wishful thinking.

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The Secret Of Now

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The September sun smiles warmly into shady side of my Appalachian home. All too soon the fading light of September will give way to the October winds. The weekly task of mowing the lawn as already been replaced by mulching fallen leaves. The thought of enjoying the day before it is yesterday has been heavy on my mind. The last few weeks of summer seemed to pass by like the falling leaves in an October gale. I still have a few butterflies playing in the yard but soon they’ll be gone. It gives me a better appreciation for the value of now. Now is the point when preparation meets opportunity. Sometimes, all the preparation in the world can be done but we miss the opportunity. For example, the next image is the same butterfly, in more or less the same spot on the same day and shot by the same photographer with the same camera. But the opportunity wasn’t really there.

The butterfly was just too fast to be captured by my lens.

When the moment is lost there are two things that you can do.

1. You can beat yourself up. ( Or more accurately, beat yourself down. ) This is really not productive. It makes you second guess everything and usually leads to the loss of the next moment and possibly even more moments depending on how much it impacts your confidence and motivation.

2. You can honestly evaluate what went wrong and make take corrective action. In the case of tonight’s feature image that meant making a few adjustments to the settings and paying more attention to the timing of snapping the shutter. The adjusted plan results in being better able to take advantage of the next opportunity.

Of course I was disappointed with the first shot. I’ll tell you secret. Most photographers will never show the ones that just didn’t turn out as planned. That doesn’t mean it never happened. But it’s important for me to encourage you to take the positive action of stepping back for moment and fixing what went wrong before trying again. This applies to so much more in life. When something doesn’t work out use the time before the next opportunity to make it better.

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