When before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim, “Ah,” you are participating in divinity. — Joseph Campbell
I went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. — John Muir
Light is God’s way of saying “Hello!” — Harry Hitzeman
Around Christmastime we joke about the Seinfeld holiday of Festivus. “Christians have Christmas, Jews have Hanukkah, and then there’s Festivus for the rest of us.” There is a Festivus ceremony called “The Airing of Grievances.” I prefer to engage in the “Airing of my awstruckedness at the realization of my good fortune.” And these are — as related to my love of landscape photography — the following:
- Being alive in a time where I can fly to almost anywhere in the world, or just step out into my back yard.
- Being able to take as many pictures as I like with “free film” (digital files).
- Getting immediate feedback from my camera about the technical qualities of the image I just captured, and being able to see immediately the result on a LCD screen.
- Owning a computer and internet connection and image editing software so I can magically develop my photos in ways that even Ansel Adams could not do, and I can share my images with the world easily and quickly.
But most of all, having a really good Capricorn excuse for going outdoors (or into skinny slot canyons) and enjoying and appreciating the magnificent beauty all around us.