After the least comfortable plane ride ever, followed by the least comfortable bus ride ever, I arrived at my hotel for a 10 day work trip to Fiji. Folding myself into small plane seats and even smaller bus seats has a number of resulting reactions; stiff back & neck, sore knees, aching hips and basic discomfort. Fortunately I had to walk about 200m to get to my room and then had to run a training session at the pool so everything knocked out of place started to slowly return to where it was supposed to be.
Once dinner was completed I actually took a few minutes to look around the hotel. On the edge of a small bay, it sat opposite a number of small islands. The water, with the exception of a small channel from a nearby stream, was clear, blue and serene. The tree covered island looked like a perfect circle. I'd been here 90minutes, how could I have missed the way everything reflected on the water and how close these little islands were to the shore.
With my body now feeling nearly normal again, I bolted back to my room and went out on the balcony. Now with some spare time I was able to really look around from a photo point of view. This was magical. It was also very dark but I doubted I'd get the water this placid again so I formulated a plan to get that island in the lens.
When you travel for work you occasionally get caught in the work bit & the challenge of planes and buses and airports. You forget to take a second to look around and most importantly to be grateful for the amazing opportunity you've been afforded. You can be too busy and miss some incredible images and some stunning emotions that come with them.