Life Thru the Lens 51/52... a winter hike

"I'm happy when I'm hiking, pack upon my back. 
I'm happy when I'm hiking, off the beaten track. 
Out in the open country, that's the place for me....."

~ I'm Happy When I'm Hiking

Last weekend The Thinker and I went on our first winter hike of the season; no snowshoes needed, just good thick socks and hiking boots. Or, so we thought. It was a gorge hike, so we did not think about the trail climbing up out of the ravine, and we did not think about the snow not melting on the north side of the trail. Needless to say, we had to turn back just a mile into our hike becasue of the icy accents with drop-offs to our immediate left.  Yes, that's right, I wasn't quite ready to die that day. 

Before we hit the higher elevations, we found this along the way. 

The hard part about hiking with my camera is... one, we never trek to far down the trail because I am always stopping to take a photo and two, I find that I do not enjoy myself as much becasue I am always stopping to take a photo.

 In Europe, I had the same experience. When we returned from one particular destination and I could not remember an incident that happened with my family, I decided something had to change. I became extremely intentional about taking a few shots, and then putting my camera away. I know I missed some key shots. However, I also cherish the memories I made by leaving my camera at home, or in it's bag. 

I have decided that I want to go back to this trail at least three times. Once, becasue I already know where I want to spend more time with a tripod, and a remote trigger. Then, I need to hike the entire thing sans camera so that I can build brain memories of the hike and not just photographic memories. And then, the third time to take photos of things further along the trail. 

Brain memories are equally as important as photographic memories, and maybe even more important. A photograph will not trigger a brain memory if one has not been made. 

My tips to you...

~ If you have already experienced something once, leave the camera behind the second time. The shots will all pretty much be the same ones you took the first time. Once my kids began middle school I began taking my camera with me for one soccer game for each child, each season.  I have found that one really good shot of the season satisfied my need to document. You really do not need multiple shots of the same types of events year after year. 

~ If you haven't experienced an event before, then take your camera but be intentional about tucking it away. Tell yourself, I'll take five photos and then put it away. When I was traveling I would take five photos of a beautiful area, then I would tuck it away and enjoy the ambience of the place, and then take my camera back out further into the day. Honestly, I hated all the mid-day sun shots of places anyway, so that became my memory building time. The golden hours were my shooting time. 

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