Neither Snow nor Rain

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Popular belief holds that the U.S. Postal Service has the following words as their motto: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Actually, this isn’t an official motto of the Postal Service, but rather is an inscription chiselled over the entrance to one of the post offices in New York. Furthermore, it originates from the fifth century B.C. writings of the Greek historian Herodotus and describes a system of mounted couriers used by the ancient Persians.

What does any of this have to do with landscape photography? Simple: if you want to make creative and unique images, you need to match the (real or imagined) dedication of postal couriers throughout the centuries, as exemplified by this motto. Whenever I feel like giving up on a photo shoot because of challenging conditions, I find that this motto starts playing in my head, like a bad song you hear on the radio that you just can’t seem to stop humming for days afterwards.

On previous trips to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, while kayaking I encountered a series of small ‘sea caves’ carved by the water into a sandstone cliff formation. The caves are flooded and can only be reached from the water, which is very deep around the cliff, especially in years when the lake’s water levels are above average. In previous years, I had tried to get access to the caves, but couldn’t quite figure out a good plan for doing so...

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Ian Plant is a full time professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, books and calendars, and he is a frequent contributor to Popular Photography and Outdoor Photographer magazines, among others.

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