My camera gives me a lot of joy and a wonderful way of seeing. In the Age of Travel I got to go many places and photograph landscapes and wildlife. In these days of COVID, while the travel plans are on hold, I have actually found that I'm taking far more photos than I ever have before. Spending time looking at what's around us here in the vineyards of southern PA makes me even more appreciative of our stewardship of Allegro.
Over the course of a day, depending on what's going on, I tend to shift among four different lenses for my camera. Taking one day as an example, I'll show you what I mean. Early on Monday, I had on my regular lens, which lets me zoom in a bit, back away a bit, and generally get a pretty accurate view of what I regularly see. Using this lens, I photoed a cool moth on my window.
Heading outside later in the morning, I switched to my basic zoom lens, one I bought almost ten years ago when my son and I were heading to experience a safari in South Africa. With this lens, I caught my tallest blooming sunflower and the arrival of one of my favorite butterflies in the garden: the common buckeye. I also caught a goldfinch in the act of dismantling a zinnia blossom.
Mid-afternoon, when our dog started crawling under the bed, I knew that a thunderstorm must be on its way. Looking outside and seeing the dark clouds approaching, I immediately grabbed my camera and switched to the wide angle lens. I was going to have a lot to take in.
Finally, as the sun was setting, I realized I needed to shift back to my basic lens again, to catch the vineyard and the amazing clouds in the late-day light.
So there it was: my Monday, as seen through four different lenses. I saw things clearly, then closely, then in a much bigger picture, then with real insight, and--finally--clearly again.
I know that this kind of vision-switching is the same kind of thing that Carl does when thinking about Allegro's vines or wines or way ahead. Sometimes it's the leaf on the vine in front of us which needs immediate attention; sometimes we have to pan back and get a much bigger perspective on where we're headed. I'm really grateful for the tools we have that let us envision the way.