"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer."
~ Albert Camus
We photographers are a strange bunch! We carry the summer months within us. Unlike the majority of normal human beings, we love the winter months. Sunsets & sunrises (usually the best time for dramatic, soft light) occur at sociable hours - no need to struggle out of bed at 'silly-o-clock' in the morning. For my own location (Northern Ireland: 54 degrees north), in winter, sunrise can occur as late as 9am and sunset as early as 4pm. Contrasting these times to the height of summer of 3am & 11pm, respectively, winter presents me the opportunity to avoid sleep deprivation. Winter also proves to a very changeable and dynamic season, offering landscape photographers a diversity of light and weather conditions to whet the creative appetite. We landscape photographers abhor blue skies, sunny days and harsh light which accompanies 'good' weather. Give me a good ole thunderstorm over a heat wave any day, and I'll be in my element chasing the dance of light over the landscape.
Seasons change and change, itself, is always inevitable. Change is, ironically, constant. But, how does it affect you? Are you accepting of change? Do you doggedly resist it at every turn or do you have the wisdom to know when to challenge and when to accept the inevitable?
"There is nothing permanent except change."
Personally, I make best efforts to let things be what they are. I'm a firm believer that things change for a good reason - even though, at times, the reason eludes me. Don't get me wrong, I don't passively acquiesce to every change, but I do evaluate the change and it's potential impact to me or loved ones and and the extent to which I can exert control or influence over the change agent. If I have no control, what choice do I have but to gracefully accept it?
"The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance."
~ Nathaniel Branden
The above image of the Shimna River as it flows through Tollymore Forest is a prime example of the effects of change; its constancy and inevitability. Just ponder on the image and consider all the natural elements within the scene that are subject to the seasonal forces of change. It's a beautiful scene and perhaps, just perhaps, the root source of that beauty is change?
Let it be, let it be, let it be....