This isn't just any dead tree, it's something that has been calling to me for a very long time.
You see, I've been driving past this dead tree for about 5 years now. I pass it a couple of times a day and every time I do I think to myself "I really want to take a photo of that tree." Honestly, I've really wanted to take a picture of it with one large bird hanging off the very tip of one of the branches, because in my mind that was going to be the perfect shot. I can't tell you how many times I HAVE seen a big bird, usually a Crow, once a Kookaburra, and on one occasion a whole flock of black birds were keeping watch in what would have made a fantastic image. But as usual, I just drove by.
I'd been to Bribie to visit my Mum today and on the way home I noticed the soft light on the branches as the sun was just about set. I had my camera in the car and thought to myself if I don't turn around now and go back to take a picture today I most likely never will! I u-turned, stopped the car and finally stepped out to take 'a photo of the dead tree'. I took a few actually! And even though I didn't get the large bird sitting on the tip of a branch, what I did get was even better - well, I like the magpie in flight that popped in just as I hit the shutter.
Sometimes it's important to just take the time, in our otherwise busy and hectic life, to do something for the soul. Something that is important to you. Something that you've always wanted to do or try and never allowed the luxury of stepping out or simply stopping, to do what is important.
I now have my photo of a dead tree. Not just any tree, but this important part of my every day life. Even though it's always there when I drive past, and has been for as long as I remember, it won't always be.
Moments aren't forever. Life as we know it can change in the blink of an eye. Stopping to take a photo means this memory is now forever. Reminding me of the time I stopped, for what was important, to me.