A photography challenge caught my attention this weekend and I wanted to find my unique perspective to the challenge. Having spent a few minutes earlier this weekend thinking about whether it’s possible to revisit a place or whether every visit is new and unique and therefore a “re”visit isn’t possible, I figured every landscape photo is unique in the same way even if several people take a photo of the same landscape.
In 2015 I took a road trip that allowed me to stop at Mono Lake, a lake that I have seen many times looking out of an airplane window while flying back to San Jose, CA (where I lived at the time). Shortly before arriving at Mono Lake we noticed a huge fire cloud nearby.
The fire, of course, changed the air quality and gave the landscape an eerie reddish color. My first reaction was one of disappointment. All photos that I have seen of Mono Lake thus far were of a beautiful calm lake where tufa towers magically reflected on the lake surface with clear blue skies. I wanted that picture!
Now, a few years later, I treasure my experience at Mono Lake as it was. I love that I have seen these magical tufa towers in an eerie light that made them seem more precious and look even more delicate. The hazy light gave the lake a mystical atmosphere that was unique to my visit and I doubt I will ever be able to recapture this experience in a future visit.
Thank you, nature, for always changing and making every memory and every photo one of a kind.
This post was inspired by the Lens Artists Photo Challenge #31 – Landscapes.