Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thank you - whoever you are...

I once left my expensive, Gitzo tripod and Acratech ball head near a pretty little lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. 30 minutes later, I realized my mistake, ran down the mountain as fast as I could... and found my tripod right where I'd left it. Fifty people must have seen it there during that time, but nobody took it. I was incredibly relieved to find it there. :)

Today, we left behind a wide-angle lens in a case. Just left it on the side of a trail. Dumb thing to do. We didn't realize our mistake until nearly two hours later... and by then we were miles away. It took us another two hours to get back to the park, and the lens was gone. But - someone had taken it to the visitor center and left it with the rangers. I could kiss that person. :) Thank you - whoever you are. You have reminded me that most people really are honest and kind. I think that's something we tend to forget.

We're heading home tomorrow - it's always hard to leave, but I am looking forward to processing some photos!

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Anonymous Iratxe said...

It is nice to know that there is kind people around the world :-)
We are looking forward to seeing your new material. Welcome!!!

May 26, 2009 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Thanks, Iratxe. A little bit of faith in humanity is a great thing. :)

May 26, 2009 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger "Scoop" said...

I found the same kindness when i was on a photography/vacation trip to Japan this year...dropped $100 and someone picked it up and found me in a crowd to give it back.

May 28, 2009 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Wow - that's pretty impressive! It must have been a real relief to get it back!

May 29, 2009 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger MP said...

Did I tell you how I acquired over half my photo gear?

Just kidding :-)

May 30, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

Milind - that's one way to go about it. :) Pick a locations where tons of photographers regularly hang out... like Maroon Bells... and after a month or two, you're all set!


May 30, 2009 at 9:09 PM  
Anonymous Paul Marcellini said...

Wow, I'm glad that worked out. Can't wait to see what you guys got from the trip.

June 7, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Varina Patel said...

:) We're preparing for our upcoming seminar in San Jose - so processing is on hold. I can't wait to get back to the fun stuff!

June 7, 2009 at 3:18 PM  

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