"Life is not about looking back and wishing that today is the same with the past. Life is about moving on, accepting changes and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete because it's never been too late to have a life and never too late to change one." ~Unknown RRC: Looking Forward For this round of the Round Robin Photo Challenges, Karen has asked us to represent, with our photos, the concept of "Looking Forward." In that we just crossed over into a new year, that could have been the focus, keeping my eyes looking toward the future, and I thought of going with a series of photos that made that the main message, but it seems since the first of the year I have been in a constant state of looking back, in order to LookForward. Both in my personal life, and my photography. Anyway, here is a retrospective of some key photographs I have taken in the past, which really represents my efforts in Looking Forward to new sights, and experiences. I chose them, because with each one, I moved a little closer to who I am today, and who I will be tomorrow. I hope that makes sense. Anyway, here is my contribution... The Golden Gate Bridge Facing Forward Toward The City From Marin County
The View From Just North Of The Bixby Creek Bridge Monterey, California Just Before Heading Across
The Bixby Creek Bridge Monterey, California A Little Later In The Day
Looking Forward To The End Of The Day Near San Simeon, California March, 2005
Looking Forward To Tomorrow Santa Cruz Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California October, 2009
Looking Forward On An Autumn Road Plumas, California October, 2010
The photo at the very top was taken in a cemetery in Pacific Grove, California. I love Pacific Grove for so many reasons. Not only is it known as Butterfly Town USA, because of the annual Monarch migration, which pretty much covers the town, but it is some of the most beautiful coastline of anywhere in California. It is stunning, and rich in history, so it is definitely one of the places I look forward to visiting each October, when I grab my camera, allow myself to float where the camera tells me to go.
Pacific Grove is usually the one place that I will not compromise on. Imagine watching, at a certain time, on a late October day, when as many as 20,000 Monarch butterflies turn toward the setting sun... all at once! It is nothing short of magical! It's truly spiritual! Unfortunately, this past October came and went without my being able to visit Pacific Grove, but it is on my list for this coming autumn, it is probably the main thing I am Looking Forward to next October! Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary Pacific Grove, California October, 2011
Okay, that's my post for this topic of the Round Robin Challenges! Please drop by and see what all the participating photographers are up to! Simply click the link at the top of this post to be redirected to the official Round Robin blog, where you will find the link to each participant, plus all the information you need to play along!
Note: Karen, sorry about once again pulling from the archives. Life has been crazy! I owe you an all new photographic essay next round! I promise! :)