The forecast called for rain and cold - not surprising for a Spring filled with rollercoaster weather patterns - 80's one day and 50's the next. We had planned the spring weekend in Ocean City for a couple months but with this weather forecast I gently suggested we not go. Marilyn's answer was pragmatic and strong - we spent the money on the hotel and we're going! So of course we went. And of course Marilyn was right and the weather forecasters were wrong. The rain blew out early Friday evening and left incredible skies and decent weather for much of the weekend.
On a single weekend I was treated to rapidly changing skies and light that only happens during transitions. We were in the transition between the storm system and calm weather - with the struggle going back and forth multiple times over the two days. On the marsh it would be sunny while over the ocean the storm clouds were racing up the coast. I was on the beach just after sunrise photographing under a cloudless sky and a few hours later freezing in the wind and drizzle.
It got me thinking about transitions. The best light and photographs are during transitions... the early morning transition when night becomes day or the golden hour transition when day becomes night, the transition where land abruptly meets water, the transition between winter and spring when the leaves are just barely covering trees, the rolling foothills where the flat land transitions into mighty mountains. Transitions create adventure and interest. Maybe not just for photography but for life too. We should seek the transitions!
In retrospect, it was a perfect weekend - just like I knew it would be!
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A short Photo Story from May 2017, by Brian Reitenauer.