“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.” – Anthony Robbins
Sunrise in the Valley – Bonners Ferry, Idaho
When I saw the above quote I thought it to be a nice accompaniment to this image. It was certainly resolve to get out and shoot on this particular morning. But more importantly, the quote is the precise message my husband and I have been discussing with our children this week. It reminds me of the little train engine who resolved to succeed and kept saying, ” I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” and was finally rewarded by being able to say, “I did”. And, low and behold, there are train tracks that run right along this scene. Note, that the clouds are really the more prominent subject in the image. They remind me of the quote in respect to the tests in life that create the need for continued resolve and constant determination.
It’s risen and after a standing ovation, the audience is moving on.
I love how the colors change as the sun and clouds change the availability and angle of light, both in the sky and on land. Even the sand looks warmer once the sun has risen and it’s rays have embraced the earth and sea.
Two evenings ago we ventured out for a walk along the river. On our way home, we are driving alongside the sunset. The sky was so interesting that is seemed as though the clouds and sun were performing for us. As the storm clouds rolled passed the sun, we say numerous shapes and the best of all was the rim light framing out the clouds just in front of the setting sun. Because of the fact that there are few shoulders on the roads in our part of the country, we didn’t have a great place to stop so that I could photograph the rim light around the clouds. There were way too many tall trees that blocked the view. When we were finally able to pull to the side, the rim light wasn’t as definitive, but from the image below you’ll see how interesting the sky was Sunday evening. The sun coming through the clouds almost looks like a flame in the evening sky.
Sunday, happy Sunday. After a smoldering tournament in which Josh’s team played well and won the championship, we came home to relax by the pool when a thunderstorm came upon us. Am I complaining, absolutely not. The much needed rain was welcomed. The storm has cleared, the clouds moving East, and our fun evening with friends can go on. Here are a few photos to recap the day.
Josh looking to pass or shoot during our first game of the tournament Saturday.
Another shot of Josh with the ball. He had 4 goals and several assists in this game.
The team after their 4th win to give them the championship title.