• Aperture: f/7.1
  • Focal Length: 34mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter: 1/125 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D7000
The sun sets on Dauphin Island, Alabama. (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright) (Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)

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Dauphin Island, Alabama

Years ago, I left the writing world to pursue my first love, photography. I started this blog, made a lot of new friends, and had a lot of fun.

Of course, life has a way of changing, when you least expect it. I’ve moved three times since then. Lost seven cats — four to death, three to a breakup. Lost the house, lost the guy, lost a lot.

Gained a sense of self. Because you see, I had never known life without being the other half of someone else’s sentence. I started traveling, and occasionally, I would see a glimpse in a mirror of a girl I liked better. She was smart and confident, but most of all, she was independent.

Of course, right about that time, I took a staff newspaper job and traded my freedom for security.

And in a way, that’s why I’m here tonight, at 3 a.m., when I have to be up for work in 2.5 hours. Because I realized that I miss my carefree days as a photographer.

I was a writer because people said I was good at it. I was a photographer because I loved it. Big difference.

Over the next few weeks, I think I will redesign the blog. Update it to suit the modern era a bit more. Add in the usual social media bells and whistles.

And just as it did the first time, I hope it will restore a bit of happiness to my life.


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The sun sets on Dauphin Island, Alabama. (Photo by Carmen K. Sisson/Cloudybright)

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