...left my home/tent/hotel room without a battery in my camera. Until today.

I'm not on a work trip, so my time in Nicaragua has been pretty mellow thus far. In fact, I'm not planning on waking up for a single sunrise while I'm here, and I even wondered what it would be like if I didn't bring my camera at all.

When I packed my bag this morning, I grabbed my Canon 5DIII, 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, my phone and a Goal Zero Flip 10 charger, but that was it. No tripod, no zoom, no wide, no NDs and ah yes, that's where I went wrong. Whenever I fly, I usually remove my batteries and tuck them in the pouch that holds my Lees and a few other accessories. Of course, I didn't realize it until I took in this magnificent view of Momotombo and tried to turn my camera on.

While I'm still pretty pissed I didn't get more than an iPhone shot of this lush stratovolcano, wandering around the city of Leon without a camera was pretty interesting. And...dare I say, refreshing? I didn't feel pressured to capture a perfect shot of everything that might make for the perfect shot. I spent more time looking at the faces of people in churches and on the street, and I felt like a tourist, not a photographer.

Maybe this means I'm getting old and there will be more brainfarts in my future. But perhaps it's a message from the universe. If you're spending more time seeing the world through a viewfinder than your own eyeballs, that's not the way it's supposed to be. It's good to take a vacation from the camera every once in a while. I don't know that I'll ever be able to go on an entire trip without any kind of camera or smartphone to capture some of the moments, but a day off is a start.

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