Postcards from Real Life: Unknown Lands

I don’t think many people would argue that it’s thrilling to go to a place for the first time. There are not many things that can generate the same nervous excitement and anticipation that makes your senses hyper-aware, soaking up every amazing detail. But I think the sign of a true traveler is finding the unknown IN the known.

Last weekend I slipped off to Tybee Island for the weekend. The Georgia Nature Photographers Association was having it’s annual Expo so, in spite of having just spent a couple of weeks in the area back in November, I was off again. This time though, I was exploring in a completely different context, as a photographer, not roadschooling mom. I went different places as a result of the events scheduled through the Expo… the unknown gems in the larger known landscape.

But even in the new explorations, I felt compelled to visit some favorite places, namely Ft. Pulaski and Cockspur Island. It was a delightful treat to also discover unknown views of familiar lands and a reminder of the infinite possibilities of exploration.

The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands. ~Sir Richard Francis Burton

Although I’ve stood in this spot before, I still managed to find a new view that infused the same sense of wonder as if I were seeing it for the first time.