Just stick it out.
That was what I kept telling myself on a blustery October morning as I sat in my car watching the rain and gusting winds try and ruin my chances of shooting fall colors in Northern Michigan.
After a 3.5 hour drive north to Traverse City and several hours spent playing with my kids at our hotel/indoor waterpark I returned to my room to plan out an epic day of shooting brilliant fall color in the wine country of Grand Traverse County.
I woke myself at 5 a.m. leaving my family nestled into their beds so I could
drive another 35 minutes north into the Old Mission Peninsula region. I was hoping
to watch the sunrise over rolling vineyards and forests as the morning light brought
their colors to life. While I sat on the roadside in my car trying to sleep for
another hour or two before the sun came up I couldn't help but get discouraged
as the rain pelted the car and the driving wind rocked me back and forth.
"Stick it out Jamie" I kept saying to myself, "Stick it out."
So I did. And as the sun came up I watched the weather go from rain, to snow, to sleet, then hail, and then back to rain again. "Stick it out Jamie." I was losing hope of getting any kind of shot in but I sat firm knowing that through all of this I may just get a shot at something.
And there it was, an hour after sunrise a break. It was brief, it was not what I envisioned, but it was an opportunity to see what I could do with a bad situation. I think I did alright, I think my patience was rewarded, I think that even though it wasn't the shot I drove here for it was more than worth it for the lesson I learned. I will always be willing to "stick it out" from now on. The rewards can never be sweeter than when you have to test your patience and skill.