This year I decided it was time to upgrade my camera. Found a great deal on a Canon Rebel, and am suffering no buyer’s remorse (ok, maybe a little). I’m actually pretty excited – not that my other camera was no good, but this one is much better.
I didn’t get the opportunity to celebrate the New Year like most of the world, since I had to speak in the morning. I totally missed the ball drop, Dick Clark and all the craziness that goes along with it. It’s ok, ever since I was little, I have preferred quiet solitary places. So, that’s just what I did after I spoke: went to a solitary place.
2011 was a year of finding “not-so-hidden” gems right here in my own backyard, the Bay Area of Cali. I’ve taken up hiking the hills, enjoying the nature, and letting the serenity of it all speak to me about me and the world around me. Something about the quiet… you would think it would be the perfect time to start “thinking”, but I find that it is more of a time to relax my mind. To stop the constant barrage of thoughts, ideas, worries and frustrations, and allow the quiet to rejuvenate me. There are times that I engage in self thought, but this day was not going to be one of them. I just wanted to walk, take in the sights, take some pictures, and breathe…So I finished up my conversations at church, changed into my comfy clothes, and headed up to another place I’ve never been before: Muir Woods.
The day actually couldn’t have been better. San Francisco was in the 60’s, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Even traffic was light, because the games were already underway or over, and people had gotten their fill the night before. The drive would have been kind of long for most people, but not for me. I took in the sights of the city, and just enjoyed the quiet calm of the day.
I stopped a couple of times to see where I could take pictures. I am still getting used to the camera, so I expected some of the shots to be throw away ones, but that didn’t really matter. In time, I will make my photography teacher proud, but for this trip, it was about solitude.
I was pretty amazed at the scenery. How the trees grew towards the light or toward each other. How every part of nature was connected. How in the midst of what seemed like no life, something beautiful would be displayed.
I loved the occasional flower in the midst of the total green, the creeping vines all the way up 20 and 30 foot trees, even the naturally felled trees that dotted the landscape. It was all fine, just the way it was.
I’m sure i’ll go back at some point to experience more of what this area has to offer. Maybe I’ll make my way to Stinson Beach, who knows. All in all, it was a good day.
Notable Notables: See the rest of the pictures here: http://s651.photobucket.com/albums/uu238/thekidh/MuirWoods_2012/