Ok, I know what you've been thinking - where the heck are all the bee photo's?? I heard you! And to make up for lost time, I decided to include two bees, in one photo, just for you. To be honest, I've been having a really fun time photographing wildlife lately, and absolutely will continue doing so, but macro photography will always have a special place in my heart and I seriously doubt I'll ever stop looking for tiny little things to capture. My photographic horizons appear to be expanding, but macro will always feel like home.
"The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun."
I'm not going to pretend otherwise... I'm SO excited by this photo. I've been waiting for the opportunity to photograph a hawk in-flight for a long time now. I sometimes drive around Sonoma looking for hawks and don't see a single one. Other times I see tons of them when I'm not even intending to (I've learned to keep my camera with me as often as possible, for this reason). But then, when I do spot one in flight, they are often either too far away, flying away from me, or simply moving too fast for me to get a good, clear shot. But this beauty flew right past me, nice and steady, and at a perfect distance. And suddenly all my "failed" missions were completely worth it.
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here's something that caught my eye recently. Even though they spend a huge percentage of their day in the water, I’ve noticed that while it’s actually raining, most of the ducks near my house take cover and avoid the rain. This made me think of how we, as humans, might enjoy doing something if it’s by choice, but if that exact same thing is forced upon us we’re much more likely to reject it. There is a massive difference between choosing to swim and being caught in the rain, even though they both involve you getting wet.
"Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book."
-Calvin and Hobbes
After sharing that hawk photo last week I got a little obsessed with hawks. So I went out driving with hopes that I'd come across another. I see them quite often and was confident that I'd see AT LEAST one during my drive. To my dismay, after at least 30 minutes of driving through the countryside, I didn't see a single hawk. But I did stumble upon this handsome devil. And, to his good fortune, he became the star of this week's Photo of the Week. But most importantly, what should we name him?
“It’s all about the journey not the outcome.”
It was pouring rain as I was driving north, on my way to visit my parents for the holidays. Something caught my eye, so I looked up to see this massive hawk perched on the power line, in the wind and the rain, completely unfazed. At first I just kept driving. The last thing I wanted to do was get out of my warm, dry car to take photos in the middle of a cold, wet storm. But I had been meaning to photograph a hawk up-close for a while and so I stopped making excuses, found a place to safely turn around, and finally got the photo I was hoping for. Another reminder that good things tend to happen when we step out of our comfort zone and brave the storm.
"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity, the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty."