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Lupine and Hills - POTD #31 - Reflection

I sat on my couch today after work and thought about making my last photograph, for my “March photo-of-the-day” challenge, something simple to just close it out. I am not sure what compelled me, but I got out and started driving toward the Berkeley Hills, not really knowing where I would end up. At a decisive moment I decided to check out Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve instead of my normal spots - to my great delight there where thousands of full bloom, pristine Lupine bushes covering the hills. Why I wasn’t fighting other photographers off with a stick for great subjects amazes me. Maybe everyone was on their couch – probably would have been me. I had the entire place to myself, other then a few dog walkers and cattle. I couldn’t help but think how lucky I was; I even said it out loud a few times as I ran from subject to subject. There was a quick wind whipping in the hills, but every once and awhile, almost as if the hills were inhaling, the wind would reverse direction for a few seconds and the lupine would stand at attention enough for a release of the shutter.

 

Reflecting back, I think I learned a few things from this project.

1) Get out and photograph – don’t make lame excuses

2) You get what you put in

3) Try something new – don’t make assumptions

4) Move slow – Listen and enjoy

5) Nature has healing powers – cheesy I know, but true

 

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Taken on February 21, 2011