Pond "Photo Op" Moments
When installing my first pond I never gave thought to
photography. I wanted to hear water flowing, see birds flocking
and fish swimming. My needs were simple. But as time grew,
more opportunities for pleasure presented themselves. It wasn’t
all work and more work. It was a lot of wonderment, awe, and
inspiration for the entire neighborhood. But when I look back,
it’s the photos that mean most to me today.
How many times have I gone outside to sit,
without my camera, only to see the first hummingbird of the year
flit right by my face, pause to examine me, and then hurry by?
And why didn’t I think about taking my camera instead of
screaming when the egret was posing beside the pond, reflected
in the still water, and could have been a “post card” picture?
The age of digital cameras has been such a
blessing. No longer afraid to run out of film, I can shoot to
my heart’s content. I also do not have to worry about waiting
until it is processed to see if I caught the right moment.
After all, I’m the only one that sees most of what occurs in my
pond and yard. It would be nice to share these little blessings
with others… if only I was prepared.
Well, there is no reason not to be. I
plan to catch every moth and butterfly, every flower as it opens
and fades, and each fish as it matures into a thing of beauty,
in my backyard pond! It will take nerves of steel and training
to be able to react with camera instead of voice with herons and
egrets, but I will be able to share a priceless moment. Instead
of reacting in fear, I will embrace nature and photograph it.
by Carolyn Weise
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