If you recall from that barn photo I shared a few weeks ago, I love old structures. And I tend to include boats in that category. This may sound strange, especially since I have admittedly never spent a substantial amount of time around boats, but I can literally feel their energy. If you ask any sailor, every boat has their own feel, personality, tendencies, strengths and shortcomings. And I know each boat has at least one crazy story to tell. If you ask me, boats truly are the most purebred of adventurers.
"A boat is safe in the harbor. But this is not the purpose of a boat."
It's possible I'll never get tired of photographing bees (and I hope you never get tired of seeing my photographs of bees!). They're definitely one of the trickier animals to photograph, as they are tiny and don't stay still for long, but that's part of the fun, and actually adds to the excitement when I finally get a shot that I love. In this case, if you look closely, this little bee even has their tongue out. Typical bee, goofing off for the camera before getting back to work.
"The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee...gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own."
-Leonardo da Vinci
One of the things I love about this whole Photo of the Week newsletter I started is that it forces me to get out of the house and search for beautiful things to photograph. I'm adventuring more these days and have been seeing some pretty neat stuff in the process. Like this owl, for example. It actually startled the heck out of me at first. I was creeping through a grove of trees to try and get a photograph of a pelican in the water, when above me this massive noise rises up. It was the owl making a fast getaway (I had clearly invaded it's space without realizing it). Fortunately, it didn't go far and perched in a nearby tree, where it graciously let me approach (very slowly), to document it's beauty to share with you.
"The owl is the wisest of all birds because the more it sees the less it talks."
I'm sure by now you have figured out my love for bees. The way they work as a team, how they're not afraid to stand up to predators significantly larger in size, and the selflessness they show by tirelessly pollinating beautiful flowers across the globe. And they just so happen to be as beautiful as can bee. Sure, they may sting from time to time, but that's a small price to pay for all they provide.
"It's not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted."
This week's photo is quite a bit different than my usual style. I had been meaning to photograph this beautiful barn for a while. Like... months. There's just something about old structures that I love. And to my good fortune, on the day I finally made the time to photograph it, I find a massive red-tailed hawk perched on top. Red-tailed hawks are easily one of my favorite animals. In fact, in many religions, traditions and cultures, particularly Native American cultures, hawks are seen as a symbol of strength and power, focus and clarity, and in some cases are seen to be protectors from enemies and danger.
"Anyone who has ever stopped to watch a hawk in flight will know that this is one of the natural world's most elegant phenomena."