Monthly Archives: July 2014

Find Your Happy Place

Are You Trying To Find Your Happy Place?

About eighteen months ago, while I was withering away at my desk in the corporate world, I discovered the following Mark Twain quote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

That quote grabbed me by the throat! I read it several times, astonished at how it was possible Mark Twain could know exactly who I am when I would not be born for another 49 years after his death.

I pinned that quote to my cubicle and read it several times a day, desperately wanting to be a full-time nature photographer. It gave me hope, inspired me and brightened the light at the end of the tunnel. I never doubted I’d realize my dream. The tough part was waiting for that day to finally arrive.

While surfing the Web just a couple of days ago, I came across another Mark Twain quote:

“The two most important days of your life are the day that you were born and the day you find out why” – Mark Twain.

I discovered my happy place

Like most people, I am still clueless about the day I was born. However, thankfully, I have been blessed to have it revealed to me why I was born. Now, please do not misunderstand me. I do not presume, for a second, to understand the precise reason God created me. Rather, I am saying that I found what makes me tick, what floats my boat, what gives me immense pleasure. I discovered my happy place. I’ve discovered what I want to do with my life. Having realized my dream of becoming a full-time nature photographer gives me tremendous satisfaction. It will give me even more satisfaction if others enjoy my photography as well.

Here’s to hoping you find your happy place.

Till next time….Tom


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Hunting With Camera and Rifle Similar

Some time ago, an acquaintance mentioned that he is a hunter. He asked what I do for fun. Without hesitation, I replied that I also hunt, but with a camera.  At that moment I realized that indeed, hunting with a camera is similar to hunting with a rifle.

As a nature photographer, I prep my camera gear in much the same way a hunter preps his hunting gear. Both “sports” require advanced planning, careful attention to detail, and often, a great deal of patience. For both the photographer and hunter, the goal is making a great shot. Continue reading »

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