First the sad news. The picture below could be one of my all time favorites, but I was lazy. I like the picture, don’t get me wrong. It’s composed well enough: nice clouds in the sky, interesting subject, beautiful blues. The problem was me. I had a little point and shoot camera in my hand when I took it. It was bright and very sunny. So sunny it was hard to keep my eyes open. I thought it was a picture for the “B” role, one I would glance over but could never imagine on my wall. A week later, going through the pictures, my mistake was obvious. My other camera, the first moderately expensive camera I ever bought, was 25 yards behind me in the car. I didn’t go back for it, and I regret it every time I see this picture. Lesson learned. I don’t make that mistake any more.
Now the happy news. It was my wife’s and my last few hours on Turks and Caicos back in January 2012 and we were driving to the airport when we stumbled upon this little cove. We parked the car (which we had named “Cilantro”) on what appeared to be an abandoned beach on an unmarked inlet on the bay. A little sailboat was resting peacefully, just waiting for more fun in the ocean, and the sky had clouds that seemed to go on forever. The weather was perfect, just about 80 degrees with a slight breeze in the air. The clear aqua water beckoned for us to stay, but our time was at an end.