I have one favorite photograph that I have never shared. I cannot explain why I really love this photo, only to admit that I do. It is unusual for me – given that my chosen view is often flowers, mountains, or some other natural beauty. So here she is…
I think what I love most about it is the stories that it provokes. It also (for me) reminds me of the day I took the photo. Somewhere, nestled in between those feelings, is also the amazement I felt about finding beauty in such an unusual place – it was something I was not expecting.
I took this and the following photos two years ago, when the kids and I took a morning walk to the grocery store. That morning, out of nowhere – we had an early snow (which is more common than you might think in Colorado). Many red and golden leaves were still clinging to the trees and the grass was still a verdant green.
It was a strange sight to see – lush grass, covered in snow.
We sat and enjoyed coffee and hot chocolate at Starbucks and then ventured on home again. It was a sight to see – all of the snow had already melted and it was starting to warm up again. I actually was crazy enough to let the kids jump into puddles so I could take some photographs (I shared these back then). It was an amazing day and looking at these photographs just brings the memories back.
Since starting to focus more on my photography, I have only learned there are more beautiful things to see and more interesting ways to look at the world around me. We are not limited in any way – unless we are willing to limit ourselves.
So now, when I walk out my door – I always try to remember to enjoy the beauty that is around me. I may not be nestled in the mountains or living near a stream, brook, or ocean – but beauty is always there, waiting to be noticed. Photography has opened my eyes, as well as given me a deeper appreciation for all that I have – even if it is a photograph of a grocery cart sitting in the rain… It’s not always clean, it’s not always perfect – but it is always real.
(c) Sumyanna 2017
Submitted for The Daily Post Photography Challenge: unusual