One of the goals that I had for this mini-excursion was to practice taking some landscape photographs with my new camera. Unfortunately, it was too hot to do much of anything outside, and the walk down to the water's edge included a wooded section that literally buzzed with swarming bees. I am not of fan of any insects and had no desire to risk stinging pain for a photography lesson. However, my desire to accomplish the goal, along with my new resolve to embrace life's adventures, helped me to think a little outside the box.
I spent about twenty minutes down there, trying to experiment with horizon placement, depth of field, wide angle shots, and water reflection. I took about fifty photos before deciding to go back toward the house before the heat was too oppressing and the bees were fully awake. As I drank my cup of coffee I felt a sense of pride of following through on personal commitments, and a sense of awe of the simple beauty of nature. It was a wonderful way to end the get-away.