Expressions: Beyond The Capture
The Hysterical Tree: One day, a friend of mine told me about an interesting tree out behind her house that seemed as though it had a hysterical facial expression.  After hearing her description of the tree, I decided to take a look at it in person.  After seeing the tree, it was just as she described, with its mouth wide opened and arms in the air.  The tree has since been cut down, but I’m thankful that I was able to capture this interesting expression.
The Path that Lies Ahead: Here today, gone tomorrow!  I captured this scene on a nice spring day in April.  I journeyed back to the location about a month later to take more shots.  Once there, I discovered that most of the elements in this scene were gone.  A bulldozer, parked nearby, had been used to remove the road, the grass and the tree in the foreground, leaving behind only dirt.  I am glad to have captured this moment in time before it was lost forever. 
A Bird's Eye View at the Pier: Opportunity lost—well, not quite: One day, I was walking leisurely on my way back from the end of a pier. As I often do, I had my camera around my neck with my telephoto lens attached. It was near sunset on a weekday and there were lots of people walking up and down the pier. Then all of a sudden, a bird landed about 12 feet in front of me. Prior lessons had taught me that such scenes quickly vanish. I slowly raised my camera and begin to focus in on the bird and took several shots. It suddenly jumped around on the post, facing the direction as pictured; I really got excited then. Because I had one eye closed and the other eye looking through the view-finder at the bird, I did not notice that a little boy had decided to run ahead of his family to charge at the bird, thus scaring it away. The kid was, well being a kid, so I could not fault him for scaring away my photo opportunity. However, I’m very thankful that I was able to capture some shots before the opportunity was lost.
Wild Rabbit: It is both challenging and rewarding to capture shots of animals in the wild. I was walking about when I spotted this wild rabbit.  Although I was a great distance away, its keen sense of smell detected me fairly quickly.   At that point, I knew that I had a very short window with which to work.  Using my telephoto lens fully extended, I managed to capture this shot before it ran off.
Patience Pays Off: If you’ve every tried to photograph butterflies, you know how time consuming it can be.  Often, the butterfly is constantly on the move.  This means that you have to always have your finger on the shuttle release, waiting patiently for it to land, grab some shots and sometimes start the process all over again.
The La Quebrada Cliff Divers (Acapulco, Mexico): These brave and highly skilled divers perform diving maneuvers from upwards of 125 feet from atop the La Quebrada Cliffs.   The depth of the water can vary from 6 feet to 16 feet depending on the wave coming in.  These divers have to time the wave just right as well as jump out far enough to clear the cliffs in order to avoid injury.  In 2002, the Guinness Book of World Records listed the La Quebrada Cliffs as the highest regularly performed headfirst dives in the world.
A Pleasant Surprise:  Sometimes, a great scene is pleasantly stumbled upon.  While wrapping up a guided tour in Grand Cayman, the tour guide made reference to the “Seven Mile Beach” coming into view on the right side.  As I looked out the window, I could see my starting location afar off.  Feeling energetic, I decided to forgo the remainder of the air conditioned ride and instead, decided to walk the remainder of the beach back to my starting location.  This was approximately a 4 mile walk.  After completing about half of the journey, I came across this jetty.  What a pleasant surprise I said to myself.  I captured several shots of it before moving on.  I often think how fortunate I was as a result of making the decision to take the walk down the beach, after all I was on vacation and riding in an air conditioned van.