This week’s challenge is about being careful. It was a hard one to think about really and what I came up with was this.
Late last year I was taking photos of what they call Australia’s giant causeway. It is at Fingal Head in New South Wales. To get the best view meant that I had to go right out to the edge of the cliff to get the photo I wanted. I hate heights and as I get older I am not as confident scrambling around on rocks or near high vertical drops. Luckily I had someone with me that enable me to do this. He was very careful in holding me and giving me confidence to get the shot I wanted. We were very careful and had to be sure footed.
This also made me think of another time again walking along a precipice (why does this happen to someone that hates heights!!). It was on one of the Cinque Terre trails in Italy, it had been raining and they had closed the trails due to it being dangerous (does anyone hear alarm bells?). Of course we were only there for a few days and thought dangerous, how silly is that, and decided the blocked trail wasn’t really blocked very much, we just went around the barrier and did the hike, a hike I might mention was only supposed to be short but we picked one of the longest ones, it took a couple of hours of punishing walking up hills and along very narrow trails (on a normal day these trails would be packed with people going both ways with only footing for one person with no room to move!), what with one sneeze or dizzy spell and over you go plummeting to a gory death on the rocks below. But totally worth it!
Of course the views were worth it in the end after we survived. Years later that area had some horrific floods with mountains of water rushing over the trail and through the towns devastating the Cinque Terre. How lucky we were not to be there then, deciding to go through the barriers to walk the trails. One should always be careful and heed the warnings!
For more Careful photos please go to the Daily Post challenge.