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photography is [God’s way]

Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

I’ve seen many amazing and beautiful things in this world: the setting sunlight catching the ridges of the mountains in the Sangre de Cristos (thus how they got their name), the wild cloud formations in the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone, the steaming sulphur-smelling crater at the top of Volcan Popocatapetl just months before it began erupting again but I have never seen anything so harmonious and design-like as this Murmuration a couple of kayakers witnessed recently.

The patterns the starlings make in this video are mesmerizing and awesome. This video is a beautiful reminder of my friend Cindy who was taken from us in a float plane crash in Canada almost two years ago. I still can’t believe she is gone. She is still with me every time I do something related to photography, yoga or surfing which is the better part of my life away from my family. I think of her every time I see laundry on the line or exotic travel photography. I think of her when I hear Coldplay. She could have easily been one of these women kayaking and filming this.

We had a connection that I didn’t realize was as important to me as it was until she was gone. Now I thank every moment I had the opportunity to share with her in my life. Every single one. I remember the details about so many of them. Taking walks during lunch when we worked at a pro lab together, hikes into the Sierra Nevada, surfing at Trail 4, talking about building our fine art photography portfolios.

It’s always God’s way that tries to make us realize the importance of things. It’s our way to either listen or not.


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    November 8, 2011

    Wow!! That is awesome!!!