This picture was taken on our trip to California last year. Sometimes I like to take a fresh look at pictures I’ve taken in years past. The drive along the coastal highway was one of the most exciting parts of the trip for me. My passion for photography was blossoming and the views were spectacular. So leaving the car to venture out on the seaside cliffs was a frequent occurrence. I’ve learned a lot about photography since then, but the pictures are still some of my favorites. I’ve thought about what I would do differently were I standing there now, with more “know how”, more sure of my techniques, more ideas, more swagger, more stuff to sift through in my head, more lenses, more pressure to perform more... more... junk! That’s when I remembered words I read a long time ago. Words to live by, not only for photographers, but for everyone. It was something like...If you want to take more interesting pictures, put your camera in front of more interesting things. If you want beautiful pictures, put yourself in front of beautiful places. If you want wonderful life experiences, put yourself into those memories. I look at it this way. Do the things now you want to remember enjoying when you reminisce in the future.

Nikon D5100 Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17mm f/11 ISO 100 1/180 sec