May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day.
Native American Proverb
I get this question quite a lot. In my world, and I would suspect in other nature photographer’s too, there are times when we go on the HUNT for photos. Sometimes they start with a desired outcome, not to imply we get it, and others we select a location to explore. This weekend … I went on a Jenuine Photo Safari and I am excited to share!
This safari for the vast majority did NOT go as planned. I created the opportunity to leave out Friday morning, to camp for two nights, and instead I got REALLY sick … literally could not get out of bed Friday and the weather all over the state forecasted rain. So what started out as a multiple day adventure, turned into a day trip!
Rather than fight the rain, I chose to embrace it and created the possibility of raindrops on wildflowers … sweeeeeeet! Only to get to the top of Mt. Rainier to find mostly sunny skies and NO wildflowers … no joke! Wildflowers will be popping in two weeks … DOH! Not to be thwarted, I stalked many early bloomers, along the side of the road … much to the amusement of tourist passerby’s, and considered the day a success.
When the clouds overtook the mountain at Sunrise, as shown in the video below, I danced in the rain!!! Shortly later, I hopped back in Grace (my Subi) and headed home off the mountain. When at the edge of the park, darkness nearly upon us, I spotted a waterfall along side the road and BAM … inspiration hit. In no less than 100 ft of tarmac it dawned on me, those filters I had been thinking I needed to step down the light for the slow shutter speeds necessary for flowy water … didn’t apply in the DARK!!! This is the point when the adventure began, I stopped, whipped Grace around, and directed her headlights upon the water. To make even more of spectacle of myself, it turned out my hand-me-down tripod wouldn’t allow me to get close enough to the grass … what did Jen do? Why use my daughter’s booster seat of course. My mentor told me to use a bean bag and I figured a padded seat counted … right Ron?
Well, the end result is today’s share … I promise to share the wildflowers later. And, for the perfect ending to another amazing Jenuine Photo Safari … as I descended the rain landed on all the campers, I left it behind as I passed through Enumclaw and got to sleep in my cozy bed for the night.
Yes, you read that right … I am sharing June’s Intentions at the near end of the month! May had me expanding at such a rate, my overall integrity went out. I took two trips out of state, started a new job, and have been buried under ‘tons to do’. The irony is I have been DOING non-stop since June arrived, just not holding true to my Intentional Planner.
What stopped me? My inner drive to do things ‘right’. I returned from a fabulous CreativeLive Course on how to turn my talent into a business. I was an in-studio student and my vision for my Just Jenuine Creations EXPLODED, I was called to fulfill on turning my Intentional Planner into pdfs that others can fill in, and I took action on bringing into being … and it didn’t turn out ‘right’. No joke. I can’t express enough how hard it is to do your own marketing when whatever you do isn’t good enough for yourself.
The course also made me realize I do not connect enough with my audience, that I share, I do not have conversations online … that I am not doing Social Media, ‘right’. I have so many wonderful ways to grow. And as a step in that direction, I offer the next iteration in transforming my Intentional Planner into a tool for others to use. The image below is a snapshot of a pdf I filled in with Adobe Reader and I am playing with turning into a Word file too.
Given June is almost over … stay tuned for another share soon that will dig deeper into all that I have been doing to fulfill on these intentions. After that, expect to experience more opportunities to converse with me online! Heck, don’t wait … share your feedback on what you’d like to see this Intentional Planner develop into or connect with me in general. I would love to hear from you!!!