Perfect Summer Day
Years ago I made a trip to Marble Lake on a beautiful July Day. My wife's Grandpa, Harry, had a cabin on the lake and we had made the trip on several occasions. I had a new camera and it was a perfect opportunity to enjoy my hobby.
When we arrived it was a beautiful day, the sky was dotted with those big white billowy clouds that make a great summer day sublime. We fished, we grilled and we sat around and told stories that everyone had already heard. Although with the passing years the grandeur of each tale had inexplicably increased. In short it was a perfect way to spend a perfect summer day.
As the days passed after our return home I found myself reminiscing about the cabin and that day. I eventually sat down with my pictures from the weekend to see what I had captured. I scrolled through image after image, some good and some bad until finally I found what I could only hope for, a picture that to me encompassed the lake, the memories and that day. It was a perfect way to end a perfect day.
The next year my wife and I were again heading to the cabin and I immediately thought of the picture. I decided that a nice large framed print would be a great gift for Harry. I was so excited to be able to share the picture with him and the rest of the family. My excitement however dwindled and eventually turned to dismay as I spent hour after hour going through every photo that I had and still I could not locate it, the picture was gone. I was devastated.
Since then we have been to the cabin on a number of occasions and each time I brought my camera in the hopes of re-creating that image. Each time met without success; the weather was wrong, the sun not right, no clouds. Ultimately it became clear that the image, the exact image could never be recreated. Even so I wanted a nice picture of the lake and even that seemed out of my reach. So it was with low expectations this past summer when we returned to Marble Lake once again. It was Harry's 90th birthday party and as usual I had my camera along, this time though I brought it to take pictures of the people attending the gala and while I hoped for a nice picture of the lake it would not be my focus on this trip.
We arrived at the cabin to find the day was beautiful, the company wonderful and the weather perfect. As the afternoon passed lazily by us I began to notice the puffy clouds appearing on the horizon. The clouds continued to build and before I knew it I found myself standing at the end of the dock with my camera in hand. I framed the view once again as I had done years before and snapped away. However the longer I stood there I realized that one frame was not enough, I needed a much wider shot and decided that I should try a pano. I managed a few more pictures before I was summoned back to the rest of the group.
When we returned home I wasted no time in reviewing my days efforts. I located the pano images and went to work stitching them together. I could not have been more pleased. I had finally found a picture that to me matched the memories that I have and hold dear for Marble Lake and the cabin. As winter approaches I find myself looking at this image and I can almost feel the warmth of the sun and smell the cedar in the gentle breeze that kisses my cheek.
I hope in some small way that this picture can also remind those who view it of a wonderful summer day spent with family. To me, that would be the perfect photo. :-)