From 2001 to 2012, we took annual trips to mark the palindromic dates that highlighted the first dozen years of the new century. You know the sort of thing:
01/01/01 – Jan 1, 2001, or 2001 Jan 1, or 1 Jan 2001
09/09/09 – Sep 9, 2009, or 2009 Sep 9, or 9 Sep 2009
We figured we’d better do it this time around: 2101 through 2112 might be beyond us. And so 2001 saw us in Astoria OR in January, collecting sand dollars (Begin as you mean to continue) and 2009 saw us in Newfoundland in September, collecting fascinating little communities.
I was making an effort to get evocative photographs and sometimes it even worked. One night, I wandered out behind our motel to see this sunset.
But here’s the thing. That’s what I saw, but it wasn’t what was there. Well, not all of it. Take a look at the original photo.
When I saw this photo on my computer screen, I was truly, magnificently stunned.
It wasn’t that I had taken the shot, intending to crop it later to remove the power line.
It wasn’t that I had taken the shot, intending to start a photo website called “A Power Line Runs Through It.”
It was that I had gazed at the sunset, taken the shot, and never even seen the power line.
As a faithful reader (and much better photographer) recently said to me, “It’s amazing what the camera sees that the eye doesn’t.”
I now try to pay a little more attention. I also bless the cropping software that allows me to recover when I didn’t pay enough attention, or when I had no other place to stand.