I took a trip to Moose Lake State Park this past weekend located in Moose Lake, MN. I’d never been there and wanted to see what landscape treasures it held. I should have been alerted when I talked to the ranger there. I said I was a photographer and was wondering what might be some great trails to start hiking in search of aforementioned treasures. His response? To paraphrase…. “There’s not much in the way of photo ops. One trail takes you around the lake on a cleared path. The other takes you into prairie and grassland where you might see some wildlife enroute to or around the pond there.” I stifled the impulse to laugh in front of him. I think I make a safe assumption when I say he was almost indifferent and certainly was not apologetic about it. LOL!
To be honest, as I was hiking along the lake path, I had to agree with the ranger as I was thinking it wasn’t my favorite state park by a long shot. It was pretty; just not a showcase of splendor I’ve seen in other state parks. I had to make a decision. Do I spend the rest of my day at this state park or move on to another destination? Pause here just to reflect….
Life is like that sometimes, isn’t it? Things don’t pan out like you and I thought it would. We have to decide. Do we just chalk it up as a “live and learn” experience and move on? Or do we make the best of it? This job is not what I thought….the relationship with this person is not progressing as I had hoped….this choice I made is not what I had expected for a result….the list goes on. I’m not saying we don’t chalk it up as a “live and learn” experience and move on. Sometimes that’s the best thing to do.
But maybe we make too hasty of a decision at times. In the process, we miss some “treasures” waiting to be discovered. All we had to do was slow down or even back up, look a little closer, maybe think a little “outside the box”. Let me interject my own personal opinion here. A good example of being too hasty would be when it comes to certain types of relationships such as marriages, significant others, best friends, etc. I believe in giving it our all to make it work, each person learning to give as well as take.
As it was already afternoon when I was hiking around the lake, I decided to make the best of it. Instead of looking at the whole scene in front of me trying to find some grand image, I chose to look into the scene. By that, I mean getting closer to things, trying some different perspectives and angles.
For example, in the following image, I initally started out with showing the whole boat anchored and showing the fallen leaves inside of it. A kind of “summer is coming to an end” mentality. I shot from different angles and with different perspectives. It didn’t work for me. I finally moved in close and started experimenting. And I came up with something that I liked. It conveys, with more “oomph”, the feeling of summer coming to an end with the chain from the boat being anchored over the rock. The shadow and lighting on the rock also seems, to me, to lend to a feel of going into the twilight of the season.
Here are a couple more images among others that I was able to capture by looking and entering closer into the scene.
I’d love to hear from you about decisions you had to make when things were not turning out the way you hoped. Did you move on? Did you give it more time? What were the turning factors that led to your decision(s)? Hope to hear from some of you!
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Anchored For The Season
Autumn Through The Pine Trees
The Path To Beyond