I love travel.
Travel is my passion, my career and the main subject of this blog. But recently I’ve discovered something even more significant. A discovery that for me was quite profound. And that was…
I don’t have to get on a plane to visit my ‘Happy Place’.
A wonderful discovery.
I love learning, exploring, photographing, listening to music, wandering and people-watching. All of these things I do when I travel so no wonder why I like it so much. But of late, and as a father and husband, I have actually learned what makes me happiest.
It’s about spending time together.
Laughing, smiling, playing, reading, running, exploring, being…
Click images to enlarge gallery.
And being there for life’s little mishaps.
It’s about feeling the sun (and potentially a child) on my back.
Vitamin D is a friend to us all! It just makes me smile.
It’s about being by water.
I don’t know what it is but there is something innate and primordial that draws me to water. Not to swim in the darn stuff, I’m not very good at that, but to sit by it, gaze at it, hear it.
It’s about handing the camera over sometimes.
I am not ‘in’ about 99.5% of the photographs taken by my Canon SLR. I’m usually on the other end with an eye wrinkled and squinting through the viewfinder. I am changing that however. Slowly, but nonetheless changing. I am oft now to hand over my camera to my wife and even, with an intake of breath and a ‘replacement-cost’ grimace, to my two young children aged eight and five. Draping the strap over little shoulders and praying to the God of Photography – if one exists. (St Cartier-Bresson has a ring to it!)
I realise that ‘intent’ is just as good as focus.
I believe you don’t have to visit an airport to travel somewhere wonderful.
My submission in the WordPress ‘Daily Post’ Weekly Photo Challenge. This theme: Happy Place.