“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ― Gustave Flaubert
“The Arch” – Cabo San Lucas
Above is another image of the “Arch” at Cabo San Lucas. What I feel makes this image unique is that there is not a single tourist boat in front of it. The photo was made early one morning as we were heading out for a day of diving, too early for most of the tourists. There were still a few boats milling about in the waters near teh Arch, but I was able to time the shot to keep them out of the frame.
Again, the wonder of photography allows me to look back on this moment and see the fine details that I missed, or rather ignored, when I made the photo. For example, the water in the foreground is already starting to show a slight ‘chop’. My memory of that time was that the water was smooth and the day windless. I also did not notice just how fragile this massive structure is. Looking at it now, it looks like it could fall apart at any moment, even though it has weathered eons of pounding surf and hurricanes.
Producing it as a mono image just makes all those fine features jump out a bit more and highlights the range of tones in this iconic symbol of Cabo. Somebody told me that going to Cabo without seeing the Arch was like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower.
Nikon D800 Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 70mm 1/100 sec, f/5.0, ISO 200
Just a bit under a year ago, I paid a visit to the Niagara Botanical Gardens, in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Botanical Gardens are also the location of the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory, which was my true destination.
We spent several hours touring the Conservatory and making photos of the many bright butterflies. On leaving, I noticed this urn in the middle of an orchard. It was a flat, but bright day, if that makes sense and the scene became a natural candidate for a monochrome image, which is shown above.
Nikon D800 Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@ 200 mm 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200
“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!” ― Steve Maraboli
“Land’s End” – Cabo San Lucas
A brief post today from this beautiful place. I made the photo as we were pulling out of the harbour to do some diving along the coast. It was a good time for the photo, as this location gets very busy with tourist boats.
When I made the photo. around 8:00 am, there was only one dive boat out, just to the left of the rocks and a very fine mist in the air added some ‘mood’ to the image.
Nikon D800 Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD@ 145 mm 1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200
“One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.” ― Linda Poindexter
This is photo of an ice sheet below a local dam. Because of the nature of the churning water and constant movement, the ice sheet becomes a visual record of the changes in water flow and temperature though its jagged surface. I thought it made for a nice piece of natural abstract art.
As I searched for an appropriate quote to compliment the image, none of the quotes seemed to align well with my feelings about this image. You’d think with the multitude of writings on fractures or brokenness, and there are more than I would have considered, very few focussed in breaking and healing as an ongoing and natural process.
In the case of the ice sheet, if the ice did not flex, break, and refreeze it would stop the waterflow and eventually release explosively as pressure built up below it. But the small cracks, which eventually seal up, prevent this from happening.
Nikon D800 Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm 1/500 sec, f/11.0, ISO 200