My favourite pastime at Long Beach was the continuation of my “People Watching” photography that I talked about in my Reactions blog. The opportunities were endless and the backgrounds are stunning.
This week’s plan was to tell the story about how I was walking along Chesterman Beach and saw a woman at the shoreline screaming into a phone and pointing out to the crashing waves. Two men were running to some huge rocks at the end of the bay. I could hear them calling out a name. There was no sign of anyone out in the surf. This had all the signs of a disaster. I said a prayer and walked on.
Clearly it was too much of a heart wrenching event to witness let alone photograph.
In the end it was blog worthy. So yesterday I sat down to write the story.
Then my Twitter feed pissed me off.
Monday was the Lunar New Year and Tuesday was Losar, the Tibetan celebration of that New Year.
And last night, when I should have been writing the, “Oh my god, my kids went surfing and might be dead.” blog, I was again explaining to someone that it was inconsiderate to call February 8, 2016 the Chinese New Year.
I had pointed this out many times over the last 48 hours. Now it was beyond annoying and just plain rude. I admit my problem might stem from the Chinese/Tibet conflict. I am biased.
But still… there are other people in the world that celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Do we ever say Merry Catholic Christmas? Or Happy North American New Year? Never.
I applauded each person , company or organization that sent out “Lunar New Year” greetings and called it just that.
If you’re Chinese or are attending a Chinese event, then yes, by all means, get swept up in a Chinese New Year celebration!
But for me, I marked this day wishing people “Tashi Delek” at the Losar ceremony.
I also made the aspiration to take more “people watching” pictures throughout this Year of the Monkey.
Which brings me back to those kids out surfing.
Minutes later the rescue boat could be seen circling the water. I couldn’t help but watch. Then from around a huge boulder came the men climbing over the rocks back to shore with two other people. That’s when I started taking the pictures…
I was able to give the family a picture of the mother hugging her daughter.
I also gave them this shot of them all heading back along the beach…
As the Dad gave me his email address his voice started to waver. I looked up and said, “This was a good ending.” His eyes teared up and he just nodded.
It’s all about capturing the little moments.
Happy Lunar New Year…