Patience Iago, Patience.

So much of photography is about patience. Whether you're waiting for the right light or waiting for mother nature to cooperate. If you're not patient, you might as well just give up on becoming a landscape photographer. I'm not saying there isn't a bit of luck involved, but patience sure has a lot to do with it.

A few weekends ago, I had a bit of both patience and luck work out for me. I had been scouting a specific event in nature that is elusive and unpredictable. I may have mentioned my search in previous posts seen here: Caineville 2012. For two years, I have gone to Caineville in hopes of capturing some elusive desert wildflowers, and this year, I had nearly given up hope. On a stroke of luck, just before I headed to Green River for a whitewater kayaking trip, I happened to see a Facebook post by the one and only, Guy Tal. He had posted a recent picture of the actual wildflowers.

Finally! The flowers were in bloom! I conned my best friend, who was going on the whitewater kayaking trip with me, to make a detour for a sunrise session in Caineville.

Driving into Caineville that night, I was a little skeptical about these "so-called" wildflowers. Was I in the right place? Were the images I had seen fake? I got up early the next morning hoping to find even just a patch. As I walked out into the desert, I started seeing them under my feet. These things actually existed! I started to tread lightly, and with a bit more of a hop in my step I continued on as they were still few and far between. The desert was full of mini canyons that I'd have to traverse, and at one point I was able to get on higher ground to look out in the area I was hoping to find the flowers. In the distance, I spotted a yellow patch, but I wasn't sure if it was just the color of the dirt or my mind playing tricks on me. Could've been either, really. But it was worth a shot. There was no going back now. As I got closer and closer, I realized it was them. This is what I had been searching for, for so long. For the past two years I had been chasing these flowers, and here they were. Right in the middle of this arid desert. It was one of the most relieving and gratifying moments in my life.

So, the lesson here, my friends, is to keep at it. Never give up, and always remember to be patient. The old adage is true: Good things come to those who wait.

Published: May 21, 2014

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