This past weekend I went to Moab, Utah for a landscape photography workshop. Moab is perfectly situated for visiting Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park. The area is a photographer’s dream and April is an ideal time of year to visit – not too hot or too cold.
In photography, it’s all about the light and in landscape photography that means sunrise and sunset shoots. We’d get up really early to be all set up to shoot the sunrise. In the evening, we stayed until well after dark. One night we hiked down a mountain with only light from the full moon and a couple of flashlights … so fantastic. Normally, I don’t function on less than 7 hours sleep, but I had no trouble functioning on 4 to 5 hours during the workshop. It was so inspiring to be among like-minded people, seeing spectacular scenery, and learning so much. Who needed sleep?
My favorite site was Arches National Park. I marveled at the extraordinary landscape filled with gigantic arches, natural bridges, spires and rocks balancing on each other. They have been there millions of years – millions! I kept wishing I could hear the rocks tell their stories out loud. I suppose they do “speak” through their inspiring presence.
The National Park Service explains that its mission is “to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations.” Arches National Park was truly an inspiration.
The source of inspiration is a very individual thing and something we need to decide for ourselves. No one else can tell us what to feel passionate about or to be inspired by. It comes from the heart.
Years ago a friend of mine co-authored a research study through the University of Georgia on the “oldest old”. The study included people in their 90’s and 100’s who were still living productive lives. They were looking for common characteristics among this age group.
They expected to find that lifestyle (diet, exercise, rest, etc) was the common thread. But, that was not the case. Instead, they found that having a passion was the common characteristic. Each of these “oldest old” was so inspired by some ____________ that they could not wait to get up in the morning do it all over again. They radiated passion.
What is your passion? What inspires you?
Enjoy and Breathe Easy
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