I visit the same place, Frank’s Flats, daily…it doesn’t matter the weather. It’s been five years now and I like the intimacy that comes with knowing this single place well. For some, traveling the world is satisfying. I feel as though I ride on the seasons as others might ride on an airplane and I gain such perspective and understanding because I look closely. If one tends a small piece of the land, with gratitude, it is possible that one becomes more keenly aware through all of the senses. This is just what I’m thinking.
Along with my written archive, I’ve posted a collection of images over the years that partners with the words, however, with no room in the budget for a camera these last two years, I’ve been using my phone. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to get up close enough to some of my subjects because they (the coyotes, magpies, red winged black birds, osprey, muskrats and all types of water fowl) have been doing the most amazing things and doing them quickly and everywhere.
So…today, I got myself a camera. And this was my first photo.
Within minutes of picking up my Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, I sorted out some of the technical aspects of the camera. While doing my research I knew that I wanted something with greater zoom than my former Lumix point-and-shoot. While I’d had two Panasonics, in time, the same component had failed on both. In both instances I was told that replacement value would be equal to a new product. This was disheartening and I really didn’t intend on buying another camera. Once I had decided that a good camera would make my experiences more enjoyable, I decided I still wished to have the convenience of Auto settings and that I didn’t wish to invest very much time learning the science of photography, given that I have pledged to get back to the easel consistently over this decade. (Praying for continued good health.)
This afternoon, the female osprey was surrounded by a wall of nesting material, her head peeking again and again over the edge.
The male was enjoying the sunshine on his back…hanging with his buddy, the magpie. This was taken from quite a distance away and I know that the image is fuzzy edged, but I so enjoyed capturing these two buds hanging in the thick brush. It wasn’t long after this shot that he lifted off, delivered another large branch to the nest and then settled in to watch over Mama.
…and using this beautiful gift to myself. What joy! This one legged stand was my surprising capture. It makes me smile. I am blessed by this beautiful location and discover something new every day.