Time flies. Hold the kids close, they’ll be gone in a blink. It is true. As our children grow into young adults the family moments become rare, the drama crescendos. The house demands attention. Work-life dials to 11. Seasons change, life moves our focus.
The blog goes dark for three years.
I can sense the season shifting back again. Just a slight breeze now, life is still quite full. But I hope these winds bring me back to the original intentions of this blog...
Get out. Adventure. Capture the beautiful moments. Tune photography skills. Inspire others.
I still shoot with the Fuji XE-1 that so inspired me six years ago. The photos stand up to time - color, dynamic range, and incredible detail. The XE body is still immaculate, built to last. I continue to marvel at the colorful details pulled out of absolutely black shadows. And yet six years changes everything - even my basic iPhone SE is now a superb camera for the day to day moments in a busy life. Snap a shot, post it, get the likes. If I were to upgrade, it will likely be the iPhone that comes first - I suppose that is a testament to how well the Fuji XE-1 has stood over time as my small “big” camera.
Our home has taken a major role in this season of life. A two-story suburban tract home built in mid-90’s to the lowest spec fit and finish, it has demanded our attention in every way. And so we rolled up our sleeves and dove in. Each of the past five summers has found us tackling increasingly more challenging projects: HVAC, siding, paint, roofing, followed by two summers of backyard and patio work which absolutely transformed the way we use our outdoor space. Then, this last fall, the leaks, rust and tired fixtures drove us into a full interior remodel. Flooring, electrical, appliances, countertops, cupboards, paint and surfaces, every fixture and trim-piece. Everything is changed. There is still more to do but I decided to take a break this summer. We’ll dive back into the remodel in the fall.
We’ve sold the motorcycle and traded boats a few times. The experience of riding a motorcycle is fantastic and I may come back to it when the kids are grown. But sailing is something even more, it seems glued to my DNA. There is nothing as calming to my soul as being carried along glassy water by a lazy morning breeze, hot chai in hand. We needed to get back to the water. A small sailing dinghy substituted for a few years but didn’t quite meet the need - impractical for adventuring and I never could bring camera gear on board. This year we purchased a Hobie Tandem Island, a solid camera platform and an excellent boat for our now-smaller family. Even just over the last few months our adventures on ‘Moana’ have proven extraordinary.
We’ve had another graduation, another road trip to Disneyland to celebrate, another child moving onward and outward. Our third kid, and last at home, is an adventurer through and through, I’m looking forward to these coming years exploring our piece of the world together.
There has been some photography in the crevices of the busy times, the shots on this post are an example. But most of my time behind the camera has been primarily reserved for family or church events.
For those of you who have dropped a comment and challenged me to keep blogging - thank you! Your encouragement has been meaningful. If you’re reading this now, chime in, I would love to hear from you.