The Image That Started It All

I don’t remember the year but I remember it was in the afternoon. A fresh layer of snow was on the ground and I was eager for an adventure in my parent’s backyard. My parents back up to a state park that never ends. It’s over 10,000 acres and when It’s raining a lot I have a 45 minute hike to explore a wonderful waterfall. It’s a steep and challenging hike but rewarding. This day though I had a idea in mind, to go check out the swamp that was up and down the huge hill behind our house. I wasn’t really into photography at the time but I had a small interest in it. I threw on all my clothes that I could find grabbed a little 2.0 flip video camera and began the hike. Of course, I only got 30 minutes up the hill already freezing cold and sweating wondering what the heck I was doing. Almost miserable, I pushed myself on to explore the winter wonderland some more. I finally got to the top of the hill, took a deep breath in of the cold air drank a little water and began my trek to the bottom. It was silent. I was the only person around for about a mile and it was wonderful. As I got closer to the destination I looked up and couldn’t believe what I saw. It was more than what I saw in my mind. The snow had begun to fall again, there was a small steady breeze, and fresh snow was on the logs in the water. I pulled out the small video camera, lined up what I thought would be an image and took the shot. Sadly, I have lost the original file but to this day it is still one of my favorite pictures I have ever taken. At the time, I had no clue what I was doing with the shot. The horizon of the swamp is in the right position, the log you see is in the middle of the frame, and there is a line on the far left-hand side of the image in the perfect spot. When I went on this adventure I realized that I wanted to peruse photography one day. I didn’t start right away but when I go on adventures now that are photography based I always think back in my mind to this day as to why I do it. People always ask me, Jerrod do you not ever get tired of exploring as much as you do? The answer is and always will be no. Photography and exploring are my two favorite hobbies. I relax when I do them.

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