Sometimes It Really Is the Right Place at the Right Time

The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta during an epic sunset

I didn't go out looking to shoot an amazing sunset that day. I was out with my friend, Lauren, shooting in Castleberry Hill as the sun made its way toward the horizon. 

Oh my! Look at that sunset!

We were shooting at opposite ends of the block when the sky began its descent into these magnificent oranges and pinks. I hightailed it over to where Lauren was shooting, and we ran back to the car. 

We needed to find a better spot if we were going to capture the sunset but we knew we only had a minute or two to find it. We didn't drive far when we came to the stadium which had a much better view of the sky. 

Wow! We parked and nearly catapulted out of the car.

For those of you who go out shooting, you know that when you see the sunset, it's usually too late to capture it if you're not already in a good spot. You need your tripod ready and set up somewhere. 

I didn't have time to set up my tripod that evening. I ran toward the stadium and braced my elbows against my side and started shooting away. 

Sometimes it really is the right place at the right time and that's it. 

With all the home quarantining, I haven't had a moment like that in a while. 

How are you feeling about quarantining these days?

This Atlanta photographer is about done! 

Please don't shame me.

It doesn't mean I'm running out and risking everyone's health. 

I don't take my health or anyone else's lightly. I exercise 6-7 days per week, including throughout the quarantine. I eat vegetables and fruits every day and limit my sugar, alcohol, and junk-food intake. 

I don't have health insurance.

I'm not about to play Russian Roulette with my health or someone else's. No thank you. 

But quarantining, for those of us who are healthy, has negative physical and mental health implications too. And it's having a very negative economic impact. 

Most people cannot quarantine for a month, let alone a year, without severe economic repercussions, and here we are already well into our third month. 

I don't advocate everyone getting right back out there.

I think social distancing is necessary for a while. Washing hands, and wearing gloves and masks is also important.

I question our governor's choice of businesses to get back to work. 

But, joblessness, poverty, loneliness, and depression kill people too.

I'm starting to think the economic toll is going to kill far more people than the novel Coronavirus.

When was the last time someone shamed you about getting in your car?

On average, over 3,000 people die every day in car accidents, that's over one million people per year. It's a risk most of us take anyway because, 

I don't know what the answers are, but it appears that no one else does either.

I know, how about we treat each other with love and compassion, do our best to social distance, and stop judging each other. Now there's a novel idea!

See you between the raindrops!