Oftentimes when one is watching his/her choice of weather forecasts on television, be it a local station such as WTKR News Channel-3 here in Southeastern Virginia, or the national stuff seen on The Weather Channel®, CNN®, or MSNBC®, we’ll see these pretty neat looking graphs describing various ‘weather fronts’. Okay, what does a weather front look like? My wife and I went out Saturday afternoon to look along the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean (the benefit of being a “Coastal Dweller”) to view the changing weather – overcast to rain to overcast to rain to… yeah, it wasn’t exactly a Kodachrome® sky day, to be sure. I don’t consider myself to be a “Storm chaser” photographer, although a buddy of mine down the street from me – is – and is quite good at it. Be that as it may, I noticed that a storm that had inundated Cape Henry for about 20 minutes, was starting to re-form and move south. Okay, fine, we’re in my wife’s RAV4 which is really good on gas. Not exactly comfortable for anyone in the 6’+ range to drive for an extended period of time, but it doesn’t get excited every time it senses a gas pump within 20 miles, unlike my truck, Elvis. Let’s head south, honey… we make it to Pungo, but this ‘front’ is definitely moving faster than you would like to think those big gray clouds can. Awlrighty then… I know of a particular ‘spot’ where I’ll be able to set-up for what I hope will be a good capture of this weather ‘front’ (gee – silly thought check – ya’ gotta’ wonder why the ‘back’ doesn’t get any respect among weather forecasters) . Anyhoot, we do make it to Knott’s Island (check out the Charles Kuralt Trail over-look just past the bridge on the east side) to capture this weather front. Yep, pretty darn awesome.
So, for a day that had been pretty much a no-go for photography, with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of patience, can be a bit more ‘fun’ if you give it time. The Weather Channel® likes this image too – you can see it on-line if you feel like cyber-digging.
Perhaps we could apply this same ‘logic’ in how we do things every day. Give it some time and patience. I’m trying, although my buddies Frustration and Annoyed do tend to try and bully their quieter contemporary, Patience. I get really frustrated when I’m working on something, or expect things to be done a specific way, and then their boss, Reality sets in. Perhaps if I was to try and ignore those two party animals (Frustration and Annoyed) and stick with the less troublesome and generally more positive Patience, who usually keeps Reality fairly happy, then just maybe this is an indicator of starting to ‘mature’ dare I say “getting a clue about life” is starting to take real effect? Wow – what a concept. Trust me, this has absolutely nothing to do with the envelope from AARP saying my membership is ready to be activated sitting on my desk. Yeah, right….
Anyhoot, I hope you have a week that isn’t inundated by Frustration and his side-kick Annoyance. Too much. Call on Patience for a back-up whenever needed. I understand the second half of this week is supposed to get caught up on the sunshine and clear skies quota… here’s hoping…