Today I finally fulfilled a photography “bucket list” of sorts. I photographed the Polar Bear’s New Year’s Day Plunge at Newport Beach. I used my digital camera and in 45 minutes I shot 130 images. Some of them were great and I had a wonderful time watching all the people enjoy the frigid dunk for a good cause, supporting children with cancer. I then switched to film. In 2 hours I shot 24 images. It could be said this is from “slowing down” for film. That was partly true, but I struggled to find images to record. My mind was not in it I guess. It was a day bereft of clouds and since the plunge took place in the balmy light of noon I had bad light. But one must make the best of the light lot. I drove to nearby Purgatory Chasm. It is a split between the beautiful amalgated cliffs that overlook Second Beach in Middletown, Rhode Island. The Atlantic sneaks off into the chasm for a rest. I did walk to the edge thinking to make a photograph, but there was not a safe way to do it. I am terrified of heights and it’s a long way to the bottom. So I walked to the other edges of the tall cliffs and in the face of fear did with what the light offered. There were no clouds at all and I had a wide lens mounted. I struggled to make images, but got a few I would call decent. It would be a good place to shoot from in bad weather but I fear the slippery rocks would make it too perilous. I am resolved to go back again with some color film when there are fluffed clouds. I am off to New York City for the week and look forward to street photography and night shots from the rooftop of my building. Until then, happy trails to all.