Everything has a purpose…


The Fraser Island adventure continued today, with rain.  And rain.  And rain.  It rained all night.  It rained all day today.  And even now as I am safely tucked in bed, it is… you guessed it…. raining.

But not to be undeterred… hubby decide that we should take a little 4 hour hike in the forest and along the beach, despite the inclement weather, and so  with camera safely wrapped up in a plastic grocery bag, and umbrella in hand, we set off.

It wasn’t fun.  Not really.

I don’t enjoy the rain.  I really don’t.  I mean it’s great and all when you are inside with a hot chocolate or soaking in bubble bath…. but when you are on holiday, in an amazingly beautiful part of the world and all you want to do is capture that beauty to share with others all around the globe…. it’s just heart breaking.

We hiked through the forest to a place called McKenzie’s Jetty on the beach.  It was an old timber logging port, and exactly the type of thing that I just LOVE to photograph.  And I was so sure that the rain would let up by the time we got there.  It didn’t.

I became more and more despondent.  All creativity (and fun) was lost to the issues of practicalities and logistics in keeping the camera dry.  I just couldn’t believe that this was happening to me again.  Despite the fact that it is currently Queensland’s dry season… each and every time my hubby and I try to go away together, it ends up raining for the entire weekend.  I was seriously starting to believe that I was cursed.

So on the long walk back along the beach, I had plenty of time to think.  There must be an upside to this.  There must be a purpose.  I’m all about the purpose.  I can’t just accept the fact that maybe it’s just raining, and maybe I just have had bad timing of my holidays lately….oh no…. that would be too simple.  There HAS to be meaning.

And so this is what I came up with…..

This is my proving ground.  This is my testing time.

Hubby and I intent to travel (hopefully 12 months from now)… and I plan to go to all the great National Parks both here and in the USA.  The idea is for me to photograph my little heart out, and take the kinds of images that inspired me to become a photographer in the first place.

And one thing traveling has taught me, is that you can’t always plan for perfect conditions.  Sometimes the weather is bad.  Sometimes (twice this weekend in fact), a bus load of tourists shows up just as you are about to shoot.  Sometimes you don’t bring all the right equipment with you on your long hike….. (once, I didn’t even bring the camera).

And so… you learn to make the most of what you do have.  A really good photographer doesn’t just take advantage of perfect conditions…. a REALLY good photographer, makes whatever conditions presenting themselves… PERFECT!!

After I had this epiphany… a pod of dolphins went swimming by, beaching the water, as if to wave their fins in approval….  a good sign…. I think so!!!