Randy Bayne

Flexible for the Wind



Be Flexible

One of the first lessons a photographer learns is to be flexible.

A few months before moving to Georgia I went to a wind farm to photograph the rising of a full moon. It was somewhat overcast, but I went to the meet-up with the group of photographers anyway with the hope that the clouds would clear enough to get at least a semi-clear view of the moonrise. If nothing else, maybe there would be a colorful sunset.

The clouds thinned a bit, but it never did clear completely. In spite of the clouds, the shoot was a success. Perhaps not the images I had expected to get, but by being flexible and adjusting my expectations I was able to make images that I am happy with.

The Wind Blows

This may be why this verse of scripture comes to mind when I look at these images.

The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit. (John 3:8)

It speaks to me about being flexible.

A lot of time and energy is spent planning activities and projects to reach a desired goal. That is as it should be. Having a plan is a necessary part of having a successful outcome.

But what if the wind blows in a different direction than was planned for?

Everyone knows that “the wind blows where it wishes.” It has a mind of its own. It may hint at what it is doing. “You hear the sound of it,” but you cannot see it. So, in your planning be prepared to flex a little. Maybe even a lot.


  • “The wind blows where it wishes…”
  • You “do not know where it comes from…”
  • or “…where it is going.”
  • Plan accordingly.

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