Perseverance – Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Continuance in a state of grace leading finally to a state of glory.
If there is one key to becoming a better landscape photographer, I believe it’s perseverance. Study the great nature photographers of our time and you’ll see that they revisited their favorite spots time after time in search of that magical combination of light, weather and environment that goes into making a beautiful landscape image.
You can also see this natural law in practice all around us, especially in those places where life persists in spite of the odds against it. One of my favorite spots to visit in the Texas Hill Country is Pedernales Falls State Park near Johnson City. This rugged terrain of uplifted limestone experiences flash floods several times each year when the normally placid flow of the Pedernales river increases a thousandfold in just a few minutes. After such a flood you’d think the limestone cliffs would be scoured clean of all vegetation but the Ash, Juniper, Cypress and Buttonbrush cling to these rocky slopes with a tenacity that is inspirational.
Each time I visit and photograph the falls, I’m amazed at how life perseveres under these difficult conditions. Two years ago this lone tree in the middle of the river was almost barren. By the end of October last year it looked full and healthy, despite a year long drought and two flash floods. That’s what I call perseverance!