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The Perfect Moment


Life is amazing and is especially appreciated sometimes in just the little things. But it is our job to learn to look for these little things. Last night our all day rain turned to snow. It has been several years since I have been able to enjoy snow here, absence at the time and more often probably Global Warming can be blamed. It did not take me long after breakfast to wrap up warmly (it was well below freezing) and get outside to see what I could capture with my camera. To be truthful, I think I am getting a bit lazy, because I just grabbed my iPhone 12 and headed out. I didn't want to be bothered changing lenses with either of my two "real" cameras. I just wanted to get out and capture what I could. Over the course of the day I made return trips outside, once to the grocery store. On the return trip from there I stopped several times to take pictures, sometimes to the irritation of the occupants of the car that suddenly appeared behind my stopped car in the middle of a neighborhood road. I did get a few shots that I thought were pretty good, too. But as I went out to put something in the trash can in my garage later this afternoon, I glanced out of one of the garage windows and noticed how lovely the remaining snow was on the branches of the Leyland Cypress tree. I knew I wanted to get some pictures of that. Little did I think that I would go out to do that at just the right time. The light was perfect as the light from the overcast day was beginning to soften. I took several pictures of frozen water droplets and then suddenly noticed this little one, just hanging by a thread, its weight still not too great to make it fall. I have taken quite a few pictures over the years of water droplets, but this is the very first time that I ever thought maybe this droplet was just hanging around waiting for me to come and capture it forever. There is a saying about being in the right place at the right time, but that saying says nothing about paying attention to your being in the right place at the right time. I was certainly there are the right moment. What if I had not been paying attention?

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