We all have our favorite photographs, though I would hazard a guess that just because I like this one, it doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone else will find it special. That’s OK, because as photographers – and I believe that we can all call ourselves photographers – we should be creating images that we like… making connections with nature for ourselves, and not necessarily trying to please anyone else. Don’t get me wrong, I love that I am able to share my adventures here on this blog with a wonderful group of people, most of whom I have never actually met. I genuinely appreciate all of your support though, and when someone expresses that they like one of my photographs it is exceptionally humbling, so thank you.
Back to the photograph…what makes it all the more surprising that I like this one so much is that when I made it the weather pretty much stunk, as did the quality of the light. So why then is this a favorite of mine? It’s a favorite because on this particular morning I proudly refrained from hitting the snooze button on my alarm as I have been prone to doing lately. It’s a favorite because I simply love to be near the Atlantic Ocean, and because this is Acadia National Park and Otter Cliffs, where I like to be. It’s a favorite because when I look at it I can feel the cold rain and spray on my face, my head is filled with smells only found along the edge of the ocean, and I can hear the round rocks rolling and knocking together musically as the tide pushes and pulls, continuing the process that has shaped this landscape for thousands, if not millions, of years. That’s why this is now a favorite of mine.