I chose the title and these images to me represented a part of a major foray into becoming a published photographer albeit in 35mm film as the world was changing to digital.
I spent a lot of time at the Whitewater Park Kayak Course on the Wisconsin River in my home town of Wausau, WI. This called me into the challenging world of getting these images published as well as other subjects.
My sister had talked me into shooting images of this sport, and I walked off the course in a state of half shock because I had just ran through $100.00 worth of film and processing because I was learning how to judiciously use my camera’s motordrive. I learned that shooting action sports is a lot of hit and miss.
Being a somewhat avid cyclist, I found a commonality with these guys in their spray skirts on a warm Sunday afternoon. Some sports are ageless. In the events last Sunday, I saw young gals and old men with the stamina of youth. As I near retirement, I am inspired by that.
No one in their right mind retires to the rocking chair right away. We all want to get the joy out of life with our mind and our bodies because we all know that our time on earth is limited and the years after age 65 go by so fast to the point where all we can do is look back.
The river is always flowing and the trail is always leading somewhere. You just have to be ready to follow it. More work will be coming. Perhaps it will be in the form of a book. Perhaps, I will get to set up that dream sales site. Perhaps I will get to sell my work in a gallery somewhere.
This is the Quarter-mile bridge on the Mountain-Bay State Trail as viewed from the seat of my Trek 920 mountain-bike.