Environmentalists changed the word jungle to rain forest, because no one would give them money to save a jungle. Same with swamps and wetlands.
— George Carlin
I love George Carlin… I can’t help it. 😉
On our way to Gaomei wetlands, it rained. “Oh, no,” I said. Kuenhwa told me not to worry. “We have umbrellas,” he said.
We were lucky, the rain stopped when we arrived. However, the temperature had dropped significantly. It was windy and cold. I quickly added another sweater. Just as I was about running to see the wetlands, I heard Wei said, “Look at these houses! I want to take some photos of them.”
What houses? How come I didn’t see any?
I turned around. Sure enough… some interesting looking houses. I felt a little deflated, didn’t expect the first lesson I learned at Gaomei coming from Wei. Oh well… Lesson #1: Even having a pre-defined subject, I should still keep my eyes open, and not be limited by my original goal.
(While I was working on this post in my head, Otto posted an article: “See Beyond the Subject”. Great timing! 😉
After taking plenty of house photos, finally, we walked to the wetlands. Kuenhwa carried two tripods: one for me, and the other for himself. Wei said he wasn’t going to use one. (I know I should carry it myself, but he insisted 😉
The moment I saw the wetlands, I was amazed. Since this was the first time I saw wetlands, I was excited. I couldn’t wait for the tripod, quickly took a couple of photos using a fence to stabilize the camera.
A long narrowed boardwalk stretching far into the wetlands and it was packed with people.
At first we were going to walk to the end of the boardwalk, but it didn’t take long for us to realize that because of the strong wind, taking any photo on the boardwalk was impossible. To be honest, while walking on the boardwalk, I could only think of one thing: don’t fall off. Several hats were in the mud.
Kuenhwa said, “It’s all right. I know a spot that is not as windy. Let’s go there.”
He took us to a walk path, which was not as windy and a little warmer. So, we found a spot in the middle of the walking path, set up our tripods and took several photos.
Lesson #2: scouting is a good idea. If Kuenhwa had never been there before, we would probably go home without taking any decent photo.
After taking 10 to 15 photos, I said, “Thick clouds. I don’t think we will see a beautiful sunset. I am afraid this is it!”
“Let’s wait for a while,” Kuenhwa said.
“Wait for what? Nothing is going to change,” I said.
“You never know,” he said.
Kuenhwa and Wei then took a seat on a bench; they started chatting. They looked comfortable and relaxed as if they were in a nice café drinking the best coffee in the world.
I had no choice but taking more photos, wondering when we could leave.
Suddenly, the sun came out.
So… Lesson #3: don’t give up too early. I mean, never give up 😉
Lesson #4: tripod is very helpful.
When we were done, Kuenhwa commented that it was too bad that we didn’t see the sunset. I told him I was quite satisfied with what I saw. I really meant it… maybe I am more of a black and white person?
I can’t wait for our next photographing trip!
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