A beautiful sunrise shot. Full of beauty, peace and hope for the day ahead.
As I search the world for amateur photographs to post on my Facebook page, Lion and Cale, I have learnt a great lesson.
What truly counts is the discipline behind the camera.
This photo, above, is not taken from a kitchen window. To capture this image the photographer had to journey miles from home, more than once. It wasn't by chance she happened to be there in this place at the perfect time of sunrise. It was pre-planned, pre-engineered and carefully thought about. It required the perfect morning, a very early rise and a journey to travel in the hope that all would come together.
It took discipline, focus and a very big step outside of the photographers comfort zone (remembering the photographer had to trek there in the pitch black).
For me and my camera, it's often a lonely and solitary journey. Surprisingly, I have taken my most beautiful shots when I have been living through my bleakest, saddest and most painful moments.
As I look back it was the discipline of climbing a hill in the dark for sunrise, or stopping 50 times on a journey to grab a shot which has made the difference. Those experiences are now interwoven into my memories as a period of peace and healing.
A time when I remember that the world is big. Bigger than me and my issues.
The discipline behind my camera, no matter what's happening in my life, is fuelled by the joy and healing provided for others by publishing a stunning photo.
If you are looking out of your kitchen window, feeling down and wondering whether you'll ever feel happiness again; try a tiny bit of discipline and get away from that window and out into the world where you will discover beauty and a glimmer of hope for your tomorrow.
When we step out of our comfort zone, amazing things can happen...