Sunday, January 10, 2010

Hoar Frost Abstraction

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I've learned over the years that anticipation is a key ingredient in photography. Anticipating people, the sunrise, the wind, the waves, etc.

Last night when we rolled in around 10:00 p.m., I noticed fog in the air and it was VERY cold - about 4 degrees F. Fog and extreme cold is an unusual combo. It's a combination I know well, however. These weather conditions create hoar frost. I decided then and there I needed to get up before the sun to be prepared for a photo op.

That first step is the toughest.

Sure enough, when I got up and looked out the window, there it was. As anticipated. Then my tired mind took over:

  • Ahhh, it's too dang cold.
  • There is a wind and it will destroy the frost before I can find a location.
  • The sun's not quite right.
  • It's gonna take me 15 minutes to get all my layers of clothing on and then it will be over....
  • It's gonna be a big waste of time.
  • blah, blah, blah....

Then, as is often the case with me, I overcame my inner-laziness. I am so thankful God gave me the ability to overcome all that lazy crap...although it's a battle. For crying out loud - THIS IS LIVING LIFE, DAN. GET YOUR A** OUT, YOU BONEHEAD (my words, not God's).

And so I did. I took that first necessary step.

THEN, came the bonus. I was dressed for the Iditarod, yet I never left the garage. I took three steps from the house into the garage and the frosted window (above) revealed itself. I would have never seen it had I not fought the battle and taken that first step. Nor would I have known it was a mere twenty feet from where I was whining in the fetal position.

As I was clicking, it began to melt. Ten minutes later - Poof! - it was gone.

That first step. It's a big one. And I happen to think it's a catalyst for a good life....in so many ways -- a photo op, a marathon, a walk with God.....

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17 comments:

frost said...

Beautiful, Dan, both the photo and the writing.

I had that same battle with myself today.
It's been -13°F/-25°C over here pretty much since Christmas. Today it was only 23°F/-5°C. But I still had to battle. I walked to my favourite spot out on a swamp. When I got there, it looked as if the sky was on fire. Oh, it was a spectacular sunset.

I thank God for the beauty of the nature. Sometimes it's so overwhelmingly beautiful it's almost too much to bear!

Hindsfeet said...

ROFLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oH gOD, Dan! I haven't even finished your post yet, here I am, an unsuspecting reader, perusing your would-be 'John Denver-y' post here, birds almost twittering in the background, "For Annie" playing softly, then this line, <>

......lololololol!!!!!......

(sure it wasn't God?) ; )

hahaha....

reminds me of a favorite coffee mug of mine..."Ask your doctor if getting off your a** is right for You"...

ok ok, I digress...but thanks for the endorphins...ok, back to the rest of your meaningful, beautiful post here...

<>

Yer killin' me!!!!!

<>

Very cool, Dan...awesome metaphorical moment...and kudos on capturing such an ephemeral occurrence...Incidentally, did you read "Peanuts" this AM in the Sunday comics? Check it out if you haven't already; you have a kindred spirit in Linus : )

Dan said...

hahaha! well, maybe it WAS God, but I'm thinking he may have said "keester" (sp?). I'll go check out Linus....

Hindsfeet said...

Hey you...for some reason your quotes that I cut and pasted from your post between the little '<>' thingys didn't go through...but I'm sure you put it together...

I was talking about the "THIS IS LIVING LIFE, DAN, GET YOUR A** OUT, YOU BONEHEAD (my words, not God's)" line....oh Lord...I swear I almost spit out my coffee...

the second quote attempt was for this hilarious visual..."Nor would I have known that it was a mere twenty feet from where I was whining in the fetal position" Again, another projectile Peets moment (Peets = my coffee of choice, yum!)

And the third '<>' thingy, your most meaningful last paragraph here...loved loved loved that 'first step' thought...really truly grabbed me...very cool parellel....

How 'bout that Linus, huh? : ) What a cool dude ; )

Dan said...

Yeah, not sure what happened there, H, but I put 2+2 together (not easy for me). And yes, Linus is up there in cool.

Sorry to have triggered the "spit-take"...well, maybe I'm not. :)

Hindsfeet said...

oops, that's "parallel" (I really shouldn't type before my second cup of coffee -- Yes, it's 3 PM and I'm only on my second cup o' Joe...what can I say, I obviously HAVEN'T expelled MY "inner-laziness" yet today...tell ya what, Dan, you keep the morning shift, I'll keep the night shift...AND my inner-laziness! ; ) )

Anyone who's funny enough to make coffee come out my nose is aces in my book, Dan...no apology necessary ; ) (just maybe a little warning next time ; ) )

thanks again, Dan, thoroughly enjoyed this post : )

Hindsfeet said...

ok, sorry to take up all the bloggy space here, Dan, but did I mention,

the picture,

Definitely worth getting up for.

Dan said...

Thanks, H. It was well-worth it to me, too. I love it when I find an "easter egg" that I think no one else has. After all, it's all about ME. (You KNOW I'm kidding. Right? Right?)

Hindsfeet said...

Whoa!! Sorry to leave you hangin' here, m'friend!!

Yes, I'm sure that it is, indeed all about you...in that moment it was anyway...It's amazing to me how He can be running the universe and yet isolate moments, perfect little gifts, that He knows will mean something to just you...Imagine, Dan, you REALLY are the ONLY one who saw that little "easter egg"! Then of course you shared it with all of us, but that moment was all yours.

Not trying to encourage excessive narcissism here, but, isn't it cool that He loves you individually so much, that the thought "it's all about me" could actually creep into your consciousness? I'm not entirely sure He doesn't want us to feel that way from time to time...He has His eye on the whole universe, yet "you are the apple of His eye"...The mind reels.......

...yes, I know, balance balance, but, you know what I'm getting at...

(What you call "easter eggs" - I love that by the way, cool imagery - I've always called "post-it notes from God"...Those little moments where He shows you, "See? I'm right here with you, knee deep in your stuff...")

This post of yours is just getting better and better, D2 : )

Hindsfeet said...

p.s. Conversely speaking, I recently found out that I was NOT the center of the universe as I had previously presumed. A disconcerting disillusionment indeed...

...ah well, it was fun while it lasted...but I really coulda sworn....

; ) haha, I kid....

p.s. comes from being the youngest and only daughter in a big fat Italian family ; )

Dan said...

Good points all around, H. Never considered it the way you presented it -- that HE left me that Easter egg...and you're SO right.

Dan said...

Well, you may not be at the center of the universe, but at least Santa likes you best...um, at least until tomorrow (maybe). :)

Hindsfeet said...

ah yes! Santa! Your reminder the balm to my buffeted ego! ; )

But yes, you're right, I'm afraid Santa's affections are fickle ones...I hear his wandering eye has mosied over to Michigan somewhere...

Enjoy while it lasts ; )

Javier said...

The photo is so beautiful, Dan. And the message you give us is very deep and you know we would've all missed this picture hadn't you overcome your laziness... Thanks for the effort, the art and the lesson!

Cheers!

Dan said...

Many thanks, Javier! I hope you're doing well. Have a great week, my friend.

Ron said...

I love this message Dan. Thank you for this, my friend. Great shot! This is why you're awesome at what you do! I'm shooting with a bunch of photogs right now in Edmonton and I'd do anything to have you along side me! They're just NOT the same!

Dan said...

You're too kind, my friend. I appreciate that more than you know.

I am REALLY looking forward to working on those studio shots we discussed before you left. Those shots are gonna be GREAT.