Yesterday I was cruising in my sweet Subaru, up and down the Pacific Coast Highway, craning my head towards the ocean’s sky trying to find a crack in the fog so I could get a photo of the sun setting. Alas, it was not to happen. Fog completely enveloped the two points I traveled though Dana Point and Laguna Beach yesterday and did a repeat job today. Today, I decided to shoot into the fog and see what happens.
Fog Sunset, Laguna Niguel, California – July 23, 2012
Fog Cloud Sunset, Laguna Niguel, California – July 23, 2012
While I was cruising down PCH, I was listening to my favorite, National Public Radio and one of my favorite shows – On Being with host, Krista Tippett. Yesterday’s show was an interview with Terry Tempest Williams, a naturalist and writer – what a perfect interview to listen to while hunting down a sunset through the fog. You can find this interview, which I encourage you all to listen to (after you read my blog – big smile) on the On Being website.
Other than the fact that Krista Tippett’s voice is hypnotic and any topic she talks about completely captivates me – this interview was powerful. Terry said something that I’ve been studying now for the past several months and it is important to be reminded of periodically. She said, “It all comes down to relationships, to place, to paying attention, to staying, to listening, to learning of a heightened curiosity with other. And we can go the route of love of other or we can go the route of fear.” In further reference to love, she said, “It’s about making commitments to do the real work, the hard work, because ultimately that is where I have found the most joy.” It’s good to be reminded – choose love, not fear.
This small excerpt doesn’t come close to touching the totality of this interview – and it was not entirely about love, more so on the importance of being present in your life and recognizing the importance of life and lives around you. Two other quotes I’ll share were, “Beauty is not an option.” I like photography so much because it reflects how people see beauty. After you read this, look out your window while sitting idle in your car on your next drive to somewhere – I bet you see a plethora of beauty you never noticed before.
The other quote from the interview is, “To bear witness is not a passive act.” Especially on those Hallmark Greeting Card commercials!
I hope you all enjoy these photographs – please note, the grainy quality is actually tons and tons of fog. It twasn’t a clear night by the ocean.
p.s. – don’t forget – choose love