The unmistakable hum of the pump groans away in the background…
“Gnnnnzzrrrrr Ka chunk ka chunk ka chunk..” This soon changes to a gurgling sound, like bathwater going down the drain.
Numbers clock up.. “tick tick tick” making tiny sounds like crickets in the night.
I look around. The glow of the store is blindingly bright, a sore sight for tired eyes.
The only other people around are Taxi’s or Milk delivery drivers. It’s the service hours, nobody in their right mind is doing something similar to me.
It’s cold – that’s for sure. It’s most definitely early. 4:45am to be exact (or thereabouts).
And here I am, my car is cold, dusty and thirsty for fuel at a gruelling hour, yet I’m preparing to do yet another drive into the darkest unknown, for a sunrise that I hope will be good.
The numbers continue to clock up, they mean one thing, every increase is more money, more of a chance I’m taking, more money spent to go somewhere for a short time. I drag my feet into the shop to pay for the fuel. This is likely to be my only human contact this morning, until I get home. I hand over my owings and scramble back to my car, having wasted enough time.
I make it out to my chosen location right on time and glance down towards the lake. Not a breath of fog about, despite the forecast telling me it was locked in. Weather. sigh.
Last minute change of plans. I’ve come this far. I turn around at speed that my car loses traction for a split second. Whipping the tail around I make the hike to the other side of the lake. I’m just hoping the clouds will be good, I cannot see them through these thick trees. As i make my dash, the first light is appearing and lighting up the sky. I can see some clouds, but I’m desperate for something different today. I roll the dice and go to a sunset spot, instead of sunrise. I make it there with minutes to spare.
I rush down to the waters edge, paying little attention to the terrain, almost tripping over a few hidden logs, I continue on, and start searching for compositions. The sun rises, the clouds colour up in magnificent ways and I’m happy. The gamble has paid off.
I know I haven’t been all that active on my blog recently, but this is because I’m out, nearly every weekend, doing what I’ve just described in the post above.
I’m planning a few things however, when they will be done, depends wholly on the purse strings…
To name just a few:
* Set up a Gallery / Cart and payment gateway, so you can purchase things direct from me.
* A New website – same address, different look. Moving away from the blog-based site and onto something a little more exciting.
* More focus on Panorama photography.
I’m carefully orchestrating these moves, as I don’t want to go into a new site design lightly. So many tough decisions, so many options.
If you have any suggestions for gallery/payment gateway sites/tools, please let me know by commenting below.
What do you use? Why does it suit you?
Keen to know!
Til Next time!