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This photo was taken walking along the seaside in the city of Mukhala on the Arabian Sea.
It was a very pleasant walk, the corniche was full of men drinking tea, smoking and playing backgamon.
I really liked how this man seemed to look thoughtfully towards the horizon.

This is my 600th photo on trekearth. I guess it is quite a milestone. I first joined Trekearth in February 2004, but i became active one year later.
When I joined Trekearth, the site was a mystery to me: There were so many amazing photographers: Clodreno, Manny, Maciekda, Nygus, Captnhaddok to name a few. I felt very humbled by their work and I learned a lot from them and many others. As time went by TE became quite addictive. It was the possibility of making that social connection which kept it going for me. Over a period of two years I exchanged comments, critiques and messages with many people who I became familiar with. Trekearth even led to several live meetings. Within the last three years, I have attended two large meetings in Switzerland and one in Paris where I met over 100 fellow trekearthers between the three of them. Otherwise I have had small trekearth meetings with people in Canada, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Porto, Paris, Lyon and London. I have hosted one trekearther at my house in Toulouse, I have travelled with one fellow tekearther to Yemen, and met sometimes by chance, sometimes by planning fellow trekearthers while traveling.

Trekearth is changing, complaints are still being posted about points, cliques, censorship and other stuff. Many great people and photographers have left. Other photosites with different aims have opened to compete for our virtual time. A lot of the people who I really had a connection with have left. I have been fortunate to have found them in other places and sometimes I feel like a stranger in the site as compared to two years ago.

However, I have a strong connection to this site. I have learned a lot because of it, and I have become a better photographer and person thanks to my participation here. My photography has improved tremendosly even if I don't think I have reached the levels of some of the more talented people in here. So right now I feel like this old man in the picture: looking at the horizon pondering about possibilities. A part of me wishes to give up the boring corporate treadmill and become a full-time photojournalist, but since up until now I have not sold or published a single photo, the fear remains. I wish I had theself-confidence of other people here who are very inspiring to me and have left their lifes to dedicate themselves to their art, but I guess at this stage I don't feel I am good enough or safe enough to do it.

So I will keep looking towards the horizon until I feel that I am ready to jump into the sea.

Thanks to all of you for all your support in the last few years.

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