I took yet another walk down to the Cherry Blossoms today at lunchtime. It was an overcast day and I could not resist the diffuse lighting on the full blossoms. I again got lost in working with the camera. I was approached by a man who must have seen me so intent on my 'work'. He said he noticed me taking lots of pictures and wondered if I remembered all that I was seeing outside of the lens. I answered adamantly YES for why else would I be walking the 3+ miles to see them so many times this week. I can certainly find other cherry trees closer to my office, but the beauty of those surrounding the tidal basin are incredible. He too had been down multiple times and found much peace underneath those trees.
I suppose this peace is what I find when I am taking photos. An important part of the experience for me is the process of taking the pictures-- watching how the light strikes beautiful bloom or tree and then trying to isolate and capture it in a photo. The surroundings are so beautiful and I do get lost in all of it. I suppose though, I will always have to rely on my memory because the camera can never replace the human eye.
I grabbed a wonderful shot of him riding his bike as he left me. I will remember the flowers but more importantly, I will remember to remember and enjoy the peace.