As I went to sleep last night, I was excited. I brought the kids to the cottage with me, and I could not wait to take the last of my 100 photos of the sky up north. I was hoping for a gorgeous sunrise photo – the kind that I seem only to be able to capture from the rocky shores of Georgian Bay.
I was woken up by the first kid at 5:45 – the older one, anxious to see the highlights of the Jays game from the night before was up and begging to turn on the tv. As I opened my eyes and looked out the window . . . all I saw were clouds. I resigned myself to the idea that I would simply take a photo later in the day – maybe of a gorgeous sunset instead – and went on with my morning activities – like making coffee and breakfast for the kids.
As I was puttering around the kitchen, I looked out the window only to see my sunrise. What had been an overcast sky had turned into one with just a few clouds and the sun miraculously rising through them. It was gorgeous. And with hushed instructions NOT to wake granny & granddad and to wait for me to get back, I ran out the door to try and capture my photo.
But not matter how hard I tried, I could NOT capture what I had seen out of the kitchen window. All I got was this:
I returned defeated yet again, and got back to assembling breakfast.
As I set the table and sat down with the kids, I looked out and down towards the Bay. For the second time this morning, I grabbed my phone, issued hushed instruction to the kids to behave, not to move, and to WAIT till I got back, I ran down to the water, and was able to capture this:
And once again, I was reminded that things don’t always work out the way you hope or expect them to. And that sometimes, that’s for the best. I didn’t get a perfect photo of the sun rising this morning. But I did capture an image that I absolutely love.
And why is it that I love this photo so much? Because it perfectly captures both the light and the dark. Like some of the other photos I’ve shared, it’s a reminder (to me, anyway), there there is always light after the dark (or that there really is always a silver lining to every cloud).
But more than anything this morning, I was reminded of the concept of perspective. Throughout this project, all I’ve had to do to capture a really interesting image, was to turn a quarter turn, walk a few extra steps, or simply try to look at the sky from a different angle. Today, I was looking, and hoping and expecting to find my perfect photo in one direction, when all I had to do was look in the opposite direction to find it, my joy for the day. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…………….
If I’m to be really honest, I’m sad that this 100 days has come to a close. I have genuinely looked forward to taking these sky photos every day, and while some days the quotes I used just appeared to me, other days I spent a thoroughly enjoyable few moments looking for the perfect quote to use. I have loved taking a few moments out of every day to look up at the sky, to pause whatever it was that I was doing, and spend a little, even it was only 60 seconds, by myself. While I’ve thought about continuing this project for another 100 days, I don’t want to spoil the magic of these past 100 days. And so, with this I’m saying goodbye to this project and I’m off to figure out something to challenge myself with next . . .