Leaving My Camera Behind

The last few days have been spent right along US 101 S. We’ve made it as far as Newport, OR and the scenery has been absolutely incredible.

We have taken our sweet time travelling along the Oregon coast, it’s difficult to keep your eyes on the road with all the beauty just to your right. So far, we have stopped at nearly every cape, cove and beach from Cannon Beach to Newport, starting from Haystack Rock, Tolovana Beach, Arcadia Beach, Hug Point, Cape Kiwanda, and Yaquina Head.

One of the most beautiful pit stops have been Hug Point, where my camera died just before we arrived. We explored the area, full of caves, rocks, a waterfall and an elevated rock pathway, where the ocean waves just miss your feet at low tide. This beach extends for so long and is abundance with marine life everywhere you wander.

For a moment, I felt dissatisfied with the fact that I couldn’t photograph any of it. I packed my camera with me everywhere so I would never miss moments like these through my camera lens. All I could think was how much beauty I wasn’t able to photograph, the waves, the sea urchins, cliffs and textures everywhere.

It took me a second to recognize that leaving my camera behind was one of the best things that had happened to me that day, not the worst, it provided me with a whole other experience of adventuring.

It’s been a long time since I have been out in nature without a camera. When I carry that camera with me, my primary focus is getting amazing photographs instead of truly engaging with the environment around me, it’s hard to do so while carrying expensive camera luggage.

There are many advantages to photographing nature as well, it makes you think about things from another angle of sheer beauty. But that day I explored caves, hills, water and the ocean life from a wonderfully new perspective, no photo needed other than how I saw my environment with my own eyes. All of the natural serenity was for my own discovering and I found such peace in these moments.

Being a photographer, I am always told to keep my camera with me at all times so I never miss a shot. But also being an explorer, I now recognize the importance of leaving the camera behind every once in a while to fully interact with the lively world around you and how it’s needed for the spirit.


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