This was a chance photo — as all of mine are. We were hiking the Navajo Trail in Bryce Canyon at mid-day, and as we turned around a bend, I saw it. A life-sized pengjing (chinese) or bonsai (japanese). A tree growing from a seemingly impossible rock.
I could have spent hours examining this rock and tree from various angles — and that would have been a fun meditation in LOOKING. Sometimes it’s good to try and see something from every possibility, to turn it upside down and inside out to find the essence.
But sometimes I just see things and since I want to keep up with my hiking partner, I just let the camera do the examining. One quick focus and shift of the polarizing filter and
The moment is captured and I continue walking, enjoying the place and the company. The focus is on the hike not the photo.
Later, I take the image, crop and enhance it. But in that moment, I just snapped and kept going.
Do I do the same in my daily life? Do I focus on moments of joy and savor them, then move on to experience the rest of the day?
This photo is a reminder that life is a series of snapshots. Notice the moment.