OK. So truth be told, I knew this week’s subject a couple days before everyone else. I had a shorter time frame to capture “electricity” and planned my post last week, so I knew “joy” was on the menu Sunday night. And my first thought was “holy cow, the world is on my side” because we were flying out on Monday and I knew that I would get a fabulous “joy” shot while on vacation. Until I got there.
I became afraid to carry my camera with me. The day trips we had planned either involved water [which could lead to Mac drowning] or leaving my bag unattended [which could lead to Mac walking away on someone else’s shoulders] and even though I have him insured, this gal wasn’t about to take any chances. Sadly, Paco wasn’t cutting it. On day three, I sucked it up and carried Mac Daddy to the beach.
I’ve read several different places that taking any camera to the beach is a no-no. The sand can scratch your lens, who knows what the salty air will do and then there’s the chance of losing it in the ocean. And don’t even think about changing lenses. When we hit the beach, my stomach curled. “Why did I bring Mac? Stupid girl.” A game plan was born: take some shots with Mac and put him away – Paco can come out and play the rest of the time.
Let me say how frickin happy I am I took Mac to Cockleshell Bay with us. So frickin happy. Seriously frickin happy. Did I mention frickin happy?
Here is my joy:
Joyous indeed! Being on a beach with the sunshine and not-brutally-hot temps in the West Indies?
That’s my friend Alan. Checking out the view right after we threw down our bags. I tried a few different shots and settled on this one, with him centered… I dig. I dig. I dig. I dig. I want to go back. Right now.
Now if you haven’t visited the WPC Flickr Group, you must. Go there now. There are so many people ready for a 2011 challenge and so many wonderful photos posted to the group – I have smiled at every “joy” picture I’ve come across so far. Also, I set up a new Challenger Roll where you can visit challengers’ photostreams and personal blogs – there’s a lot of cool stuff out there so if you have time, click through the list.
Now to continue the fun: Week 3’s subject is CONTROL. (And I have no idea what I’m going to do. Random selection can suck it right now.) Good luck to everyone and I can’t wait to see what clever shots [I never would have thought of] are submitted next week. Happy snapping!