Saturday I did something a little different. I visited most of my favorite places for photos without my camera. Of course, as can be expected, every bit of wildlife living within 100 squares miles congregated on my chosen path to harass and laugh at me.
As I kayaked the osprey buzzed me. I passed a small inlet that had a Great Blue Heron, a Great Egret and 6 Snowy Egrets all within a few feet of each other. They looked at me for a second and went back to their business.
Hiking I passed a family of swan (2 adults, 5 young). I could have touched them they were so close.
I do understand that when I point a big black cylinder (camera lens for those who choose to pretend ignorance) at a wild creature they seem to take notice and try to hide. I don’t think it’s like a friend who always says, “don’t you dare! I’m not wearing makeup and my hair’s a mess!” I think it’s more, “that big stupid human is paying way too much attention to me. I’ve heard they eat anything. Oh, oh, he just pointed an object at me. A human once pointed something at Uncle Bob and bang, it killed him.”
So when I go to post pictures of my week away, just be advised that I missed all of the best pictures because I didn’t have my camera with me on Saturday. Why, some of the pictures I missed would put National Geographic to shame. And you thought “the one that got away” was only for fishing or deer hunting.
Note, the photo at the top was not taken on the day I am talking about and actually really isn’t of nothing. If you look closely you might see the kingfisher hidden in the weeds. See detail at 100% resolution of original –
Still can’t see it? That’s why I chose this photo ; )