March 29, 2011
Morning Mountainside In Montenegro
I had such a hard time trying to choose one of Mitchell's photos. During our two week stay in the hills of Potrk, Montenegro, he would regularly get up early, grab the camera and go for a walk. There were a couple of mornings where the fog was so thick, he tells me he could hardly see where he was going. The relatives were very worried about him and they talked of sending search parties after he didn't return for hours. I assured them he had an excellent sense of direction. He came back every time to some very relieved looking faces and he must have wondered what was all the fuss about. I later learn that brown bears and wolves once roamed these very same hills and mountainsides. I emphasize the word "Once". Still, one never knows.
If you are reading this my dear Nicole, then I would like to draw your attention to a few details that may interest an aspiring photographer such as yourself. Sometimes, one has to make sacrifices for one's job. In this particular case, one needs to rise early. Five or six o'clock in the morning. The cow milkers will be up. For them it's a regular occurrence. For you, getting up at this hour will most certainly present some challenges. However, think of it this way dear. This place has never before seen the likes of someone with the photographic equipment that you possess. Most likely never will. Tourists simply don't go out of their way to come to Potrk. You could say it's a little off the beaten track. My point? Use your splendid gear, use your wonderful photographic eye, rise early and go capture those majestic mountain scenes in Montenegro that await you. Especially on those hauntingly beautiful, foggy morns. Mitch managed to get some rather nice shots with our very average camera. I can only imagine what you can do. Don't miss this opportunity! You must sacrifice. Get up early!