Not everyone enjoys feeling out of place. Rounding an unfamiliar corner or navigating a crowded street can be tense. Even I have my limits, and I live off the thrill of exploration! Still, a little discomfort does good to keep the mind stimulated.
My friend Stacy would agree.
I travel lots, so it’s not difficult to believe I’d make a friend at an airport. Stacy and I met several years ago waiting for a flight out of Fort Lauderdale International. Her interest in science and penchant for sarcasm made us fast friends. Thanks to social media, we stayed in touch after that initial trip and got an opportunity to see each other this past weekend when Stacy traveled to Miami. I gave her the grand tour around my favorite neighborhoods: Wynwood, South Beach, Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.
Raised in Ukraine, Miami is far from the norm for Stacy. Watching her reactions as we drove around was a treat. I’d never seen anyone so enamored with the ocean, sand and palm trees – the everyday things Miamians take for granted.
Playing tour guide gave me better perspective of what this city offers. At the end of the day, I even had some pride for Miami. It’s unlike any other city in the United States, and for all it’s flaws, we have an excellent climate, blossoming art scene and rich international culture. Most of all though, Miami is young and still developing an identity. There’s great opportunity for each of is to play a role in what the city becomes.
Keeping with last weeks theme, today’s photo was taken using a phone. My plan is to post at least one mobile photo a week from now on. There’s lots you can do with these capable little devices. My favorite thing about making pictures with my iPhone 5 are the limitations. To compensate for the lack of functionality, your basics (composition, light manipulation, etc.) have to be spot on. If you’re curious to see all the pictures I take with my phone, check out my Instagram account.