This picture was taken today on the Nippersink section of the Millennium Trail. After taking a few weeks off due to the cold weather, I decided to hop back on the bike and see some nature on my day off. Despite the temperature being in the mid-30’s, the lack of wind and abundance of sunshine made the ride enjoyable.

I made several stops during my ride to walk around and take in the sites. I also took a number of photos like I usually do, but one photo stood out more than the rest. This particular snapshot is of a bridge that sits on the Fairfield Disc Golf course, one I have crossed quite a bit on rides or when I play the course. I don’t know what it was about this particular shot, but something felt different. To be honest, I felt like I was in the shot rather than being the one behind the lens.

Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson/Trail BlazerRy
Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson/Trail BlazerRy

When it comes to my photography skills, I consider myself to be very amateur. I still use my phone for goodness sake! Even still, there are certain times where I blow myself away with the beauty of what I capture, and this is a prime example. I like to think that when it comes to nature, there is so much that is imperfectly perfect. Everything has pieces that one would see as less than desirable, but in the same respect, those imperfections serve a purpose. There is a reason why each imperfection exists.

I think the same terminology can be applied to each and every one of us. We all have more imperfections than we can count, but these are the things that make us who we are. The imperfections keep us grounded enough to know we cannot go through life relying only on or living solely for ourselves. We need to realize that one of the main reasons we’re here is to be there for those who are around us.

We exist for a reason.


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