You Might Get Lucky

I was ready to leave. The sky was boring, there were too many people and it was already too late in the morning to get any good light. I walked out on the pier. Nothing. I walked down to the boardwalk and see if there were any good views from there. Nothing. Just as I was about to call it a day I strolled down to the lifeguard parking lot to take a look at the view from there.

I couldn’t believe it. I almost missed it…

I’ve been to Oceanside Pier many times because it’s geographically convenient. I’ve gotten many images that I love but the way the pier is built, you can’t get under it unless the tide is really low. All of the times I had been there the tide had been too high and I’d never been able to get this view. While this may not seem like much of a big deal, since I’m working on photographing all of the California piers it was a big deal to me. I was so excited I stood below the pier taking photos and muttering to myself.


I was thrilled – elated that I had finally gotten this view. So the moral of the story is: keep trying – you might get lucky. It may seem pointless, it may seem like a waste of time, but you might get lucky. I don’t believe that success is based on luck, but rather on hard work. Even then, something “lucky” like this can help keep you going like it did for me.



  1. Ana said:

    Beautiful Picture Ana, what a talent!
    I agree never give up! 🙂

    January 13, 2015
  2. The nice thing about visiting the same spot over and over is that you know it inside and out and you can also tell in a heartbeat when something is different.

    Your post just shows how important it is to take just one more look before you decide to move on. Sometimes you could be walking back to your vehicle and when you take that last look back, you may see something amazing because it’s from a different angle than you had been looking before.

    In this case it really paid off to stick around and take one more look.
    Great photo too!

    January 14, 2015
  3. Avani Misra said:

    This is beautiful 🙂

    There is a saying about how it’s strange that hard-working people often get lucky! I don’t like to believe in luck either. But – a quick look at the world around us, and luck seems to be an inevitable factor, starting from where you’re born, which certainly can’t be, erm, “worked out” 🙂

    It makes sense to work so that we can appreciate the opportunities that lady luck throws our way. Your story being an instance of just that – and again, lovely picture!

    January 14, 2015
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