Amazing Grace

Yesterday I took a snow day with my best (four-legged) friend just because it was a gorgeous 82° in Los Angeles and the Long Beach dog beach was beckoning. This might have been the best decision I have made this year. I've been harboring a lot of stress lately and feeling backed into a corner due to unforeseen circumstances among other things I need to change.

Of course I took a camera with me. Shooting is what I love. It's like Christmas...opening presents. One surprise after another. Yesterday turned into an embarrassment of riches from the photography Gods. Even though I was using my cheap street camera with a cheap 18 - 105mm lens I managed to capture one out of five images that are keepers.

This is one of those keepers. A photograph that is the frame as I shot it. No cropping. No adjusting in the digital darkroom. No rapid fire shooting in hopes of catching something. 

 
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I am not a wildlife photographer. I am a photographer whose goal is to capture visual emotional moments that tell a story. I subscribe to the overused adage 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' So, this photograph may not rank as a great wildlife shot and I don't really care. For me, it ranks as I photograph and moment that I was lucky and blessed to capture. Thanks again to the photography Gods for the opportunity to introduce these two beautiful creatures. They truly are Amazing Grace.