I was recently in the Ithaca area getting some trail running in. Post run I went to Buttermilk falls to relax and do some writing. Then I decided what better way to cap off the days trip than to hike down into the gorge and photograph one of my favorite natural places. My knees did not enjoy this post run decision, but I took my time and enjoyed myself and captured some nice images. Enjoy.
Today my father invited me to go down to the Chemung River with him and his dog Sparky and hang out. I always enjoy a chance to hang out with my dad. Things only get better when you add the opportunity to be out in nature and to be around a dog.
Sparky really loves the water. He was pretty eager to be out in the water the whole time. He went right out and wadded through water and swam around the whole time we were down at the river.
I just sat back and watched him have fun. He is such a fun dog. Photographing him is a joy.
This is the lesson I have been learning throughout my life both personally and professionally.
The biggest obstacle to my success and accomplishing things I never thought I could is my own mindset. If I think I can’t do it I can’t. If I decide to do it I can do it.
I love to hike and frequently hike locations like Watkins Glen State Park. I sometimes see people running the trails there and I think I could never do that. Well guess what? Today I did it. I went on a group run hosted by the Southern Tier Running Club. We ran the south rim trail at Watkins Glen State Park. I never thought I could and now I know I can.
Never thought I’d run for fun and exercise: Now I run regularly and have run 5k’s, 10k’s, a trail run, and a half marathon.
Never thought I could be a vegetarian: Now I have been meat free for over a year.
I never thought I could sell my photography in a gallery: Done.
I never thought I could be a published photographer and writer: Done.
I never thought I would have my own gallery show: Done.
These are just a few of the things I have accomplished that at one point in my life I thought I could never do. Once I changed my mindset about each individual goal and decided to do it I was able to succeed. Now I am trying to push myself to accomplish even more that I never dreamed of.
We recently took a trip up to the Adirondacks and 1000 Island Regions of New York. I just wanted to take a moment to share a few photos from that trip. I will likely have a longer post with more photos to share soon. Enjoy these photos until then.