The morning air was cool and crisp when I walked out of my apartment in Venice. The chilly air felt like pin pricks on my skin, but I was happy for this cool breeze because in no time I would be sweating from carrying all of my gear. I was leaving Venice after my 4 days of photography bliss and perfect weather. I looked like this…a pack mule…or maybe just a nomadic backpacker…is there really any difference?
After 4 days in Venice I had proudly learned my way around so finding my way to the canal to catch my water taxi to leave and catch the train to Vienna would be easy. I turned left, then right, around a bend, another right, over the bridge, to the main street for 20 feet then a left down a narrow street – it was like a maze – but a familiar one. The only thing that wasn’t familiar to me was the fog that seemed to get thicker and thicker the closer I got to the Grand Canal. The cold air collided with the water and left a thick blanket of fog.
I arrived at the water taxi stand hot and starting to sweat since my bags were heavy. I looked out over the canal and saw a picture perfect scene of Venice – a thick, foggy morning – perfectly moody – perfectly Venice. However I was so weighted down and strapped in that there was no way I was able to pry my camera loose from my backpack so I sat there and tried to take it all in with my eyes – sadly coming to grips that I would miss this picture opportunity as the water taxi pulled up right on schedule.
I got on with all of my bulkiness and that’s when I saw this sign:
I looked at it, and then I looked at the captain of the boat. I lowered my head as if I had been caught and begrudgingly started the arduous process of removing my packs and putting them on the ground. This annoyed me. Yet – the annoyance quickly changed to joy when I realized that my camera was now within reach. This silly backpack rule was the reason I was able to capture these photos of a picture perfect foggy Venice.
Sometimes annoyances are blessings in disguise. You never know what you will capture when you follow the rules, lighten your load ,and put down your backpack!