I’m really happy that I get to share this photo. It means more to me than I can express in a way, but I figured I would try.
A few weeks ago, we went up to Mt. Spokane to get some skiing and boarding time in. We had just switched to going on Saturday nights from Friday nights, and we discovered that Saturday had more interesting cars to offer. We always check out cars.
Well, it was a few weeks ago that we saw something I never thought I’d see: An older Porsche 911 at the lower lodge. Like wow!
I always knew they weren’t horrible in snow and that they can do it, but I never expected to actually see it for myself! It was a delight to see, her in her gorgeous coat of Guard’s Red set against the white snow of the mountain.
For whatever reason, though, I decided to not snap a photo of it. The parking was somewhat crowded yet, and we were headed to the upper lodge and not parking there. I reallly can’t say why I decided to not have us stop to grab a photo.
The problem became that I was haunted by my choice to NOT get the photo. I mean, who was gonna believe me?! Sure, they can drive in the snow, but who would actually do it? How would I prove how awesome the 911 is when I passed up that shot?
I told myself that if I ever got another chance to take that photo, I would. I didn’t care if it was going to be awkward. Too bad. I’ve been a parking lot creeper for quite some time, it has never really bothered me before. I needed to get over myself and just grab the shot.
Well, on Saturday I got my chance. I had my dSLR on me, too, because we had gone straight to Mt. Spokane from the Auto Show. That was fortunate for me, as I never bring my SLR boarding normally. I also had my kit lens on my camera — not the best lens, but I needed the lower zoom range to deal with the crowds.
As we were passing the lower lodge, there she was! And it was snowing, too, and clear she had been there all day with the snow accumulated on her hood. Yup, I had my husband turn around, he pulled in across from her and I got to snap this photo:
Dreams come true. Really. And I liked how she was parked on the side with the trees in the background instead of the lodge. Bit more pretty.
The big lesson for me? Learning that I really need to act on my feelings the first time. If I want a photograph, I just need to take it. I got lucky in this case — I got a really rare second chance at this shot, and I was even better prepared for it than I would normally have been given the circumstances.
But second chances rarely happen. I got lucky, really lucky. I know better than to think this will happen a lot. I’m very appreciative of my second chance for this.
I’m almost positive I’ll print this photo out and frame it. What do you think?
Maybe it’s not the best photo or totally perfect, but I love it and it makes me happy. And to me, that’s what makes it a great photo.