Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #121

I am giving you something a little different then another bird. Not that I am tired of birds and you will see some more soon.

Yesterday we were on our way back from a shoot in Fort Stockton which is about 70 miles up the road. On the way home, the sunset became quite a display. I was desperately seeking a place on US 67 to pull off and make a photo. I could not find the right combination, it is hard to find what you don’t even know what you are looking for.

This is a route that we travel  about once a week. I know it well and I knew in my heart that there were no structures, windmills, rock formations, or trees to help me out. I found myself speeding faster and faster to God knew where.

Then the question came, how many times have I done this before? Having an opportunity and going right past it. I calmed and pulled over. Work with what God gives you. He keeps sending me this message over and over. Quit using Bono’s “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for” as my anthem.

I made some routine sky photos and was heading back to the truck. Then I saw it. The long road heading off into a direction at a right angle from the setting sun. It was filled (by West TX standards) with the lights of cars and trucks heading north and south.The sky was on fire. I laid my Nikon on the hood of my car and made several 2-5 second exposures. Got one almost in focus. Bueno!

In the words of Allan Watts:  “No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”

Find what you need on your journey…nada te turbe ††† jim

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