I don't know about you but I tend to get single-minded and narrow focused when I am planning a photo shoot. I want to get the big "opportunity" and tend to overlook
the small ones.
Case in point. The doctors have told me to walk to improve my circulation and to strengthen my heart. I decided to walk to the nearby cypress swamp and see if I
could get some shots of the nesting great blue herons. I have a blind already set up.
I took my camera and my 600mm mirror lens, it is much lighter than the big Canon 500, loaded a cell phone, water, film and a couple more lenses in my waist belt, put
the camera on the tripod and left.
I was in a big hurry to get there and almost did not take time to look around. However on the way I spotted a butterfly. I did force myself to wait and got a couple of shots of it.
Ok, let's hurry along and get those herons. when I got to the swamp road I saw some more butterflies and a few dragonflies. I took a few shots and then eased on. Of course in my haste I spooked all the birds
from the swamp. Kicking myself I decided to go to the blind and see if they would come back. While I was there, a lizard came out and did his mating display. The herons flew over but never landed. However just before I was leaving, a great egret lit on a log and posed.
I was walking back and a grasshopper landed on a grass stalk and allowed me to get real close. I was still mad at myself and disappointed I did not accomplish what I had set out
to do. As I was walking home I got to thinking about the photos I did get and it occurred to me that all of God's creatures are important, even me.
Don't get so focused on the big things that you miss the little ones. Life is a journey and if you miss "smelling the roses" you will never be able to go back. All
of us can not photograph the great western scenery or maybe even some of the grand wildlife, but we can photograph the small things in our own backyard. Enjoy life and
keep on shooting.
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Red-Winged Blackbird At Fort Hill On Cape Cod
You can always hear the distinct “Cu-ca-ree” call of the Red-Winged Blackbird as you hike around Fort Hill. They are everywhere and so pretty. This guy was high in the Eastern Cedar tree along Nauset Marsh just singing away. Love his coloring… so bright and vibrant!
Pretty Purple Ground Ivy Along The Trails At Fort Hill On Cape Cod
Ground Ivy is part of the mint family and grows to about 6″ tall with 3/4″ blue-violet flowers which are tubular. They grow from April to June and you can see them all along the trails at Fort Hill in Eastham.
Belted Kingfisher At Goose Pond At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod
I love the cackling sound of the Kingfisher as he flies about. This Kingfisher landed high in the tree by Goose Pond looking for lunch below. I loved how he looks like a silhouette high in the tree. Love those feathers! What do you think?