So I have been officially retired since June. This means that I no longer go to work as an educator after 42 years of this routine. I should be thrilled, and in many ways, I am, but having more time in an environment that does not meet my needs to be in nature or have quicker access to it, has always been a problem for me, and my age and time left on earth is limited. This photography stuff is not easy. You need basic skills for sure (though having high-level skills would have been really nice!). But there are physical components such as your eyesight, ability to carry equipment around, and having good athletic skills to hike. I have all of these still, but for how long will they stay? Regardless, Downward Elephant is a summer image that took a lot of hiking (well, at least after I took this image) and a bit of luck as I fell on wet rock and did not get all that hurt (a bump on my arm). This photography stuff is not easy, as being retired is not easy. Filling in the empty hours is going to take some time.