One of my favorite images of the year….
I wanted to post one of my favorite images of the year, from one of my favorite photographic experiences of the year. I was privileged to be invited by a dear friend to attend opening day of the NFL season at Soldier Field in Chicago to watch my two favorites teams (Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears) play each other. [Thanks T.B. – it was a great time!] I decided to drive up to the Indiana Dunes area the day before and photograph along the lakeshore Saturday night and Sunday morning. I had good light that Sat evening, and woke the next day feeling that any images I got would be a bonus. When I arrived at the lakeshore it was raining lightly, though it stopped fairly quickly. There was a break in the clouds, with some beautiful sunrise color coming through. I started photographing the colors with a reflection in a small pool of water in the sand, thinking how glad I was that I went ahead and got up early. After about 5-10 minutes, I happened to look to my left out over Lake Michigan and my jaw dropped to see this gorgeous rainbow over the water. I shouted something not fit for a family blog (cue sheepish smile) and sprinted to the shore. I spent a ridiculously enjoyable 20-30 minutes shooting this rainbow as many different ways as I could think of – it was amazingly long lasting and at one point spread a full 180 degrees above the lake and across to the shore. I have a number of shots I like, but for now I’m calling this one my favorite. I think I’ve only seen a rainbow one other time when I was out seriously photographing – have seen them when driving or when I was otherwise occupied but this was the first time I was able to seriously photograph one. It was fantastic….way better than the “bonus” I was prepared to happily accept.
This past year has been quite a roller coaster for our family. To those of you reading this who played a part in helping us through the rough spots – many thanks. For 2013, I wish everyone reading this the same experience I had in photographing this rainbow – may your new year turn out much better than you ever expected.