I have this mantra that I try to say almost daily. It is: accept this day for the blessing it is. When my mom passed away, I was reminded, as most adult children who lose parents are, that every day is a blessing. Time does indeed run out.
It was this attitude that got me through what might be considered the usual disasterous winter outing. See, I have this way of turning winter photography trips into major castastrophes. Well, some of it is my attitude toward what invariably happens. I can guarantee that my glasses will fog. Frustrating doesn't cover it. There's no doubt my hands will eventually go numb. My gloves are great for pushing buttons, not so great for keeping me warm. Not to mention, every once in awhile I will put my foot into a ditch and find I'm up to my hip in snow. In fact, the list of winter clutsies that I have would probably be long enough to go from one side of Montana to the other. Today, I added another one.
While climbing up Peet's Hill to get to the trail at the top, I stepped on a rock that was under the snow, lost my footing and went to catch myself with both hands. I know what you're thinking. Where's the disaster? Wait for it... My camera was in my right hand and went lens first into the snow. I think I swore. Just the once though, which is pretty good for me. I spent 10 grueling minutes without a glove on my right hand doing the best I could to wipe slushy snow out of grooves I did not know my lens had. I did this totally blind, too. My glasses would not stop fogging. Definitely a grrr moment. To add to the fun, my other glove got soaked so it was warmer to leave it off. All of this joy erupting within feet of a shot I was dying to take.
By now, a few of you who live in Bozeman and know the hill are wondering why I didn't just take the trail from the bottom that connects to the trail at the top. Well, you'll know why when you see the photo below. Fortunately I persevered, my attitude paid off and I got my shot because it was all worth it. How else would I have been blessed with such a wonderful view on such a beautiful day?