#MicroblogMondays 9: Chasing the Sunset…

We had an amazingly beautiful sunset over here last evening. I was on the highway driving home from my visit to the zoo (and after grabbing something to eat and a coffee) when I noticed it. My first thought was: You have to stop and take a picture of that. And I did stop at the next rest area, but the view of the sky / sunset wasn’t really good. So I decided to get off the highway on the next exit and take the longer backcountry road to find a perfect photo stop.
Long story made short: I drove and drove and took some detours and never managed to get a good view where I could stop and snap a photo. And then I felt really foolish, because I should have just stopped somewhere and just have looked at the sky and enjoyed the sunset, even if the view wasn’t perfect. Why did I think I need to take a photo of that? Yes, I probably definitely wanted to share it (Twitter, Instagram etc.) and maybe even write a MicroblogMonday Post about this amazing sunset. But why the need to take photographic evidence? Why not just trust my own memory to remember it? Was that the good old “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” trap? I don’t know…

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4 Comments

  1. It is funny how there’s a big difference between seeing something beautiful and capturing it in a photo. I think our mind edits out a lot of the details, so we don’t notice the building obstructing our view, etc. so much. At least you got to see it while driving around! And maybe discover an interesting back road-?

    1. I agree that the mind often edits out the annoying details and that’s probably a good thing. And I was lucky to get a long good view of the sunset while I was driving around.

  2. No, I get that desire to record the moment, even if all it does is live on the camera for you to scroll past in the future. I would have done the same thing.

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