I have to say I felt, well, like a fish out of water! Helpless! A contemplative photographer without a camera and surrounded by immense beauty! So, instead of becoming despondent, I took the time to just sit and soak it all in...to record the images in my heart; to simply absorb the beauty that surrounded me. I'm thankful to have this one photograph to remember the day with but in the final analysis, being a contemplative photographer is as much about the contemplating part as it is about the photographing part so I was content with that. I did my visual listening exercise and just enjoyed the tranquility of it all. Cape Cod off season is a heavenly place! Just as I was about to get up and leave, a man came with, of all things, a harp and began to play a soulful tune that brought tears to my eyes.
It may have not been a weekend for photography but it was amazing none the less. The next day I stood on the bluff overlooking the Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet. It was breathtaking and I didn't miss not having a loaded camera around my neck. I think that not having a camera to worry about - settings, exposures, framing - allowed me to be fully present in that moment. There is a lesson in this I'm sure; a lesson all photographers should learn. Should I find myself in this situation again, I doubt I will feel like that "fish out of water"...I will just relax and enjoy the experience.