Shoulder Tap Photography
It’s not convenient, nor is it glamorous.
It is late nights, early mornings, and blazing heat.
It is freak rainstorms, and double rainbows.
It’s big fat nothing burgers.
It is AWESOME!
A shoulder tap from God puts me in the right place, at the right time, at the right spot on the mountain to experience a surprise rain storm (to me), where I get to witness the birth of a rainbow right in front of my very eyes.
It is good training to discern between what I think I need to do versus what God wants me to do. Going with God’s timing results in images that capture the greatness of God’s creation as captured through my camera lens.
The Sonoran Desert landscape and lighting are always changing.
Shots that I thought I would lose interest over time became priceless, never again shots due to the 2020 Bighorn Fire which burned through the vegetation and saguaros in many of my photos.
There was the city center saguaro with a low arm graciously offering its’ bloom, a long time resident that I assumed I could photograph for years to come. Instead it gave its last blooms in 2021, when it perished from the 2nd year of drought. If it could have held on a few weeks longer the unusually heavy monsoon rains that finally arrived would have saved it.
Life marches on.
The changing nature of the desert reminds me of the always unpredictable nature of life. In the middle of a world and its’ people who feel turned inside out, the “Divine Shoulder Taps” call me out to continue documenting the beauty of the Sonoran Desert courtesy of our Creator.