The Vacation

Once there was a man who filmed his vacation.
He went flying down the river in his boat
with his video camera to his eye, making
a moving picture of the moving river
upon which his sleek boat moved swiftly
toward the end of his vacation. He showed
his vacation to his camera, which pictured it,
preserving it forever: the river, the trees,
the sky, the light, the bow of his rushing boat
behind which he stood with his camera
preserving his vacation even as he was having it
so that after he had had it he would still
have it. It would be there. With a flick
of a switch, there it would be. But he
would not be in it. He would never be in it.

Wendell Berry

CultFit River

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6 Comments on “The Vacation”

  1. bgddyjim says:

    This is specifically half of why I never stop to take pictures while I’m out on a bike ride… The other half is that I’m riding too fast. Of course. 😉

    • CultFit says:

      No kidding, although last night I had to take a few pics of street signs and a couple large water towers with the town name on them, kinda like leaving a few breadcrumbs behind to find my way home! Early signs of old age I suppose 🙂

  2. Maia says:

    Guess that’s why those woodcock bike riders don’t friggin stop huh?

  3. sara says:

    My thoughts about photography exactly. I love photos though, just not me taking them!

  4. I am one of those who takes a lot of pictures. Sometimes, though, I just have to put the camera down and enjoy the moment. I know I am not there when I am taking a (still) photo. On the other hand, I can’t express the pleasure I get from looking at those pictures again and again on my screen saver, mostly. They are things that I have forgotten until I see the picture. I need to consciously maintain a balance.


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