There is no shortage of beauty in the world but, I do believe there is a lack of appreciation for it. Every day, wherever we may go, our senses are assailed by beautiful people, captivating things, and stunning scenery but, sadly, too often, we do not take the time to absorb the value of what, or who, is beautiful to us. Seeing has more to do with your heart than it does your eyes.
As a photographer I have been very fortunate to witness some extraordinary moments but, at times, I feel that my heart is not big enough to take it all in and express how I felt in a single image. Therefore, I write to further express my appreciation for the beautiful moments I see and feel. All of us have experiences that stay with us forever but, some of those stand apart as uniquely special. Perhaps it is meeting a special person for the first time. Perhaps it is traveling to a new, exotic destination and having your expectations exceeded. Or, perhaps, it is standing still while watching something unfold in front of you that an image, or words, cannot capture adequately enough. It is not what you see; it is how you feel about what you see. You have to put your heart into it.
This sunrise at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park left me speechless. Pre-dawn featured beautiful, multi-colored clouds hanging over the mountains while the river valley was full of fog. The Snake River, in its perfect calmness, held beautiful reflections of the landscape. The beauty of the scene, as it was, left me in awe and admiration but, then, the sun rose behind me and cast its alpenglow on the mountain peaks. No, I do not think my heart is big enough nor do I think my image or words capture how I felt at that moment but, I try. We all have to try. Do not be afraid to open your heart and see.
Photograph What You Feel
Sunrise at Oxbow Bend
Nikon 24-70 f2.8 lens