We tried for 30 minutes to get a shot of a woodpecker with something that looked like a white beak on him. We segued, we waited breathlessly, and we never got any part of him on film. It was really frustrating. It was so bad I wanted to throw the camera away, just to see it bust open.
I'm 70 years old; I don't have time for this.
A few days later I remembered doing some ground work for an article on rural mail boxes. I've seen everything, the back end of a cow, the front end of a John Deere and one on a pole 30 feet high that said AIR MAIL. There's some good old American humor wrapped up in mail boxes. Only the story went south when it was discovered someone had beat me to it. But, wouldn't it be a lot more fun taking pictures of bird houses than traipsing the wet boonies for a nimble-footed woodpecker? Just get your camera out and start taking pictures of bird houses around you.
Who cares if someone else has already shot the story full of holes? This hobby is for ME -- and it keeps my powder dry. Most birdhouses will even pose for me; some are out there posing 24/7 -- they don't even duck when I take a dozen shots at them. Bingo! This is the kind of sport I've been hungering for. There's no competition involved. You can be standing beside 70 other people shooting the same birdhouse and, so what? Even if you are not the best photographer around, you can come up with some good shots to compile into an album that you can be proud of and pass on to your posterity.
Sure, it's been done before. If you check out
some works of any photo journalist, you will come upon some pictures
of bird and bird houses. The fact that they can elusive and will
take patience and time to take is what makes it challenging. Not
everybody can get up close and personal with bird and bird houses.
And those who did are really worth admiring.
When all the pictures have
been compiled, you can present them in your local community hall for
an exhibition. For sure, owners would be delighted to have their
bird houses viewed by everyone within the community and out of it.
You do not have to go far just to get the pictures you wanted. Some of them may be just within your backyard. Take the time to do a little survey of the area around you to see if there are bird houses in there that you have not seen before.
If you find that you have more available time, you can actually create your own bird houses. When birds start flocking your creation, that is the best time to get your camera out and start taking pictures you can really be proud of.
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