Just Outside Your Front Door

There's plenty to amaze you right outside your front door.

So I sprinted back in for my now-charged Nikon, monopod and more coffee and proceeded to capture the moon between gaps in the pines. It was great; I was having a blast, thankful for digital cameras because otherwise I’d be burning beaucoup film.

Then the orb got too low in the pines and the show stopped. But as I reconnoitered the area, I surmised that totally changing my position might give me one last chance.

So down the street I went, by now about 5:30 a.m., in my jammies, monopod slung over my shoulder, camera strap clanging as I walked, coffee cup hooked over my finger, ambling down the middle of my street, tracking the moon.

I wondered what a neighbor would think if he sleepily looked out his window on the way to the coffee pot and saw me. What would I tell the police when they responded to the report of a crazy guy stalking the streets?

Guess I could blame the extra pull of gravitational force on my brain fluid; yeah, the moon made me do it.

A few hundred feet up the street another road T’d off to the right. Smack in the middle of that intersection, the moon jumped into full view again.

“Ha, thought you’d get away, did you?” I said to the orb. Now I was talking to the moon…but not howling yet, so I figured I was OK.

Fully prepared for blue, flashing police lights to illuminate the street soon, I grabbed what I knew would be my final shots as the moon settled lower, than sank behind the trees.

I briefly thought of getting in my truck and finding it again, but then thought no, the view just won’t get any better than what you saw right here.

So I slung the mono-mounted camera back over my shoulder, drained the last dregs of coffee and headed back, packed everything back in the house and proceeded to download what I’d shot.

I’ve shared a few of the views with PRB and hope they’ll have room to show a couple; the photos can’t do justice to what I saw and felt on that morning.

But I’d also like to share what I took from the experience besides capturing a moment in time that otherwise would have been lost.

• First, sometimes the view right outside your front door is as spectacular as any you’ll find in the world, if you just take the time to look.

• Make sure you always have a backup plan; when the battery in one camera is dead, you’d better have a functioning backup ready or the opportunity may be lost.

• Take advantage of the opportunity when it comes knocking, even if it’s at 3:30 a.m., because if you don’t, you may miss the chance of a lifetime. I thought I might get up the next morning in case I didn’t get the shot I wanted; it was raining the next morning.

• Luck, they say, is when preparation meets opportunity.

• The world you see depends on where you are standing. Change where you stand and you may see a whole new world filled with opportunities that would have been lost to your view.

I didn’t get as much writing done that morning as I had planned. But that’s OK, because if I hadn’t gotten moonstruck, I wouldn’t have been able to share it here with you.

Who knows, reading this may give somebody the perspective to take a step they’ve been considering. It may inject someone with confidence they need to make a decision.

Or, it may just make you look at your Friday a little more positively and think about doing something this weekend you’ve been meaning to do but have been putting off.

Regardless of the effect, here’s wishing you a lucky Friday as you prepare to meet new opportunities. Go ahead, howl at the moon!

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine, who also served until recently in municipal parks and recreation, lives in Peachtree City, Ga., and can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email cwo4usmc@comcast.net.

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2 comments on “Just Outside Your Front Door

  1. Fran on said:

    Your story was just what I needed today.

  2. George Birmingham on said:

    This hit the spot and I got it on Monday thank you.

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