I am searching a lot these days trying to find birds and wildlife in an unfamiliar area. I continually find myself coming up short, I am a stranger in a strange land. The Michigan landscape has a bucolic charm to it and unlike wildlife photography, which can be opportunistic, landscape photography takes a certain amount of planning. The first time I saw this shack on the side of the road I knew that I wanted to photograph it, but it was a grey, miserable day so I made a mental note - the late day sun will give me the best conditions for a pleasing image. There were many grey, miserable days this fall, too many to count. But fortune prevailed late one afternoon when I was driving home, the sun lit the field and the shack just the way I imagined it would. And you know what I did? I drove right past it! For a moment it was enough for me to know that I was right about the light and that the scene existed. Then I forced myself to turn around. You see, I know how my mind works, and I will admit it to you now, I was afraid I would fuck it up. I doubt my skills all the time. I tell myself I suck, that I don't know what I am doing, heck, I will tell myself I don't even have the right to be doing whatever it is I am doing. Who am do I think I am that I should be able to try and make something beautiful? Negative self talk. Consider yourself lucky if you don't have that dialogue bouncing around in your head. I am sure there are plenty of people who don't, but I will bet you dollars to donuts there are more of us who do. Most of the time I can silence the voice, I know better, but for a long time I didn't. Life is for living and for learning, it's hard enough to navigate life without one getting in their own way. You have to try... You have to try... that's what I told myself as I walked out into the field to make this image. And this is the result, which I am happy with because it's exactly what I envisioned. So, I keep trying, some I win some I loose, but that is not what matters. What matters is the action itself, because it is when you stop trying that the negative voices win.