One of the largest lessons I've learned from photography is that I don't necessarily need to go on some extravagant adventure to capture something beautiful. There's beauty everywhere, we often just need to open our eyes and start looking for it.
"If one truly loves nature one finds beauty everywhere."
-Vincent Van Gogh
Before April I didn't have a single eagle photo. Now I have more than I know what to do with! Looking back, it's amazing how much has changed since then. The entire world is different. But even when everything feels upside down, I'm deeply thankful for the beautiful places I'm able to visit and the incredible nature I'm fortunate enough to photograph. Nothing makes me feel more connected to the earth.
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
I take photos of a lot of things. Most don't turn out to be much, others turn out pretty cool. I'd be lying if I said that I ever envisioned sharing a stinkbug as my Photo of the Week, but I kinda love this photo, so here we are! I've found that often times the most freedom comes from simply letting go; letting go of my own expectations for myself and my photography, as well as the expectations that I perceive from others. Let go - you'll be glad you did.
"Everything is temporary; emotions, thoughts, people, and scenery. Do not become attached, just flow with it."
I figured I would give you a break from my eagle photographs for a little while. But I decided against giving you a break from birds of prey. Here's a beautiful hawk I photographed gliding across the blue sky in Sonoma. Hawks are easily one of my favorite animals, in case you couldn't already tell.
"In many traditions, hawks are sacred: Apollo’s messengers for the Greeks, sun symbols for the ancient Egyptians and, in the case of the Lakota Sioux, embodiments of clear vision, speed and single-minded dedication."
I'm always excited to photograph any type of relatively uncommon wildlife, but it was especially exciting to photograph wildlife that was in the process of eating other wildlife. This was hopefully the first of many occasions like this, and a memorable moment for me either way.
“A photograph is an opportunity to keep a moment forever.”