These "captured moments" are some of my best photographs as a amateur photographer. Each of them spoke to me, created a memory, and taught a lesson. In sharing them, I hope you benefit from the lessons learned.
Have you ever noticed an increase in mental negativity when you get tired? It happens all the time with me. This picture challenged because I discovered this flower at the end of a long day. You see, I spent a couple days working for a men's ministry to prepare for our fall retreats. We got started early, faced poison ivy and mosquitoes, had a sandwich for lunch, and had not yet eaten although after sunset. Mentally and physically, I was tired and grumpy leading to silent complaining as I was hoping to leave and get something to eat. As an introvert, I separated from the group and took a walk to be alone with my thoughts when I saw this flower. It's color stood out brilliantly as the light faded. That forced a question - why was I not just as brilliant, although tired, as the light faded? It was my choice and I had chosen poorly. Learn from my mistake!