Have you been paying attention to the sky lately? In a matter of minutes the sky can go from dark and dangerous to sunny with a chance of Mary Poppins. It reminds me of when I was younger and my sister and I had the dream of chasing tornados – I blame Helen Hunt.
This past Tuesday afternoon I felt the need to take a walk with my camera. Isn’t that what everyone does? Grab their camera and run away? I invited the kids but Fortnite was calling my son and my oldest daughter was swarmed with “homework” (which apparently includes watching hours of Netflix). It was just me and my mini-me middle child. After a snack and a quick battery charge for our Canons, we were off!
This time we went to Nimbus Overlook. In my opinion this is the best place to see a sunset or watch the rain clouds. I DON’T recommend hanging out to watch any lightning. I saw a few charred trees so it’s safe to say it would be the WRONG place to be in thunderstorm unless you like yourself extra crispy.
We walked to the edge of the cliff and watched the people at the Sacramento Aquatic Center, in awe of our surrounding. There were a couple of boats, one windsurfer and the rest were rowers. We commented on how cold the water is and how nuts those people were for being there. The birds were gliding in the air having a wonderful time. Never mind that they were vultures, don’t want to wreck the imagery you have going on in your head. I know we’re supposed to see vultures as ugly and gross but I still think of them as playing when I see them gliding in the wind.
After surrendering to the constant beating of the wind we decided to walk around. She took pictures of the water, flowers, trees, birds, fence posts, water, pretty much anything that moved or didn’t. I took pictures of her. Being there with her on top of the world was just what I needed. Not the clouds, not the birds, not the sun, not the sweet smell of the dry grass blowing in the wind, just her. Watching her discover a life through the lens was everything. Her excitement, her passion, her questions, her love. It was the perfect afternoon. I only hope we have more opportunities as she grows to spend an afternoon with Mom chasing storm clouds.