I don't have many photographs of sunrises because I never seem to get up in time. However, these past three days, while leaving my neighborhood to drive to work, I've witnessed some amazing sunrises in my rear-view mirror. The colors have been phenomenal (thanks to some of the haze in the air from western forest fires), and the clouds have been quite dramatic. So every morning this week I've been driving while trying to use my rear-view mirror to frame the shots I wish I could have stopped and taken. If it weren't for the need of that paycheck, I would have pulled a U-turn and headed straight for where the east side of my neighborhood meets the open plains.
So you may be thinking, Greg, "What do sunrises have to do with the title of your blog entry?" I have this response to offer you. Do you remember Tom Hanks' character's friend in the movie Cast Away? It was a volleyball named Wilson. They were inseparable, until a rather touching moment later in the movie. Then toward the end of the movie, once Tom Hanks' character makes it back to civilization, we see him driving with a new volleyball companion in the passenger seat of his car. Well, as I was looking at the sunrises this past week, I realized that my camera was sitting at home on my dining room table. Even if I had the time to stop and take a picture of the sunrise, I couldn't have because I didn't have my camera with me. Why wasn't my camera next to me in the front passenger seat of the car like Wilson was in Cast Away?
An old friend of the family, Jeanette Lamb, is an amazing photographer (http://jnetjnet.wordpress.com). She has her camera with her all the time, turning otherwise ordinary and perhaps fleeting moments into stellar photographs. Jeanette has found her Wilson in her camera and in her dog, Captain Stig.
I need to follow Jeanette's lead and treat my camera like Wilson. I need to carry my camera with me everywhere possible, lest I continue to miss the amazing shots and only see them in my rear-view mirror as I drive away.
Also, perhaps I can be a little late to work next time...