You Can't Have it All . . .

Or better put, you can have it all, you just can't have it all at once. So was the hard lesson learned on a recent trip to Japan. We were very fortunate to be able to take a side trip to Hiroshima and hire English speaking tour guides to bring us to Miyajima Island and the Hiroshima Peace Park. We were all set! Andrew had notified tour guides that I would want to take photos. I had packed all of the appropriate gear. I purposely did not look at any images from either site so that I could make the images that spoke to me. I was set!!

NOT! The best of all laid plans, right? 

Here is a lesson for all of you.  If you are a photographer going to a new place that has rich and important history you have two choices. And only two. You can take photos or you can listen to the tour guide. You can't have it all. Period. End of story!

Needless to say I did not come home with what I would call the most brilliant photographs (or the greatest knowledge imparted to me by the local guides!). But what I did come home with are memories of an amazing trip, a new stamp in my passport, and a lovely Christmas with my family. 

And with that may I bid you all a safe, festive, and most Happy New Year!

Gojunoto Pagoda

Miyajima Island

Itsukushima Shrine on Itsukushima Island (More popularly known as Miyajima Island)