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The Trickle - Photo Fail

March 29, 2010 - Brian Ferry

I recognized the shot, but...

I was on my way to a volleyball tournament early Saturday morning. I decided to go to Sugar Grove and take Big Tree to Lakewood and on to 86. I don't like that construction I had to bypass my last couple times through Jamestown. I made the left on 394 just before 6:40 a.m. There wasn't much going on, I was in a fairly slow speed limit zone, and I was surprisingly awake, so I had the luxury of looking around a bit. I tended to look to my right, as the water was over there. I hadn't gone far when I saw a very placid, colorful scene that I would have loved a shot of. I don't typically recognize the landscape shots. I'm more of a detail-oriented, focus-in-on-one-thing photographer, I guess. The sky was mostly dark, but a line of light was visible over the hills. The water was a striking shade of deep blue and the foreground elements were just right. All this good stuff and I didn't even stop. I had time. My team was scheduled to be the work team for the 9 a.m. match. I would probably make the venue a little before 9 with no stops. My teammates had all stayed within a half-hour of the site, so they should have no problem making it on time. So, there was no reason for me not to backtrack a little. Except for one little detail. I didn't have my camera. I try to take the thing when I'm going somewhere that could be interesting. However, I was going to a part of Cleveland that I do not think is the best neighborhood. So, I left my camera at home. So, my choices are to 1. regret missing the shot and hopefully get over it, 2. get up hours before my usual time and check the weather and, if conditions are correct, drive a half-hour for one shot, or 3. leave early for some future tournament and just hope conditions are right. I figure it's either 1 or 3. I'll probably forget my camera.


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