“Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard” ~Standing Bear
Read the quote above and immediately uttered “WOW”, one can not deny the truth, if so then you become entrapped by misery. Slowly your body responds to mind thought and arteries become clogged. Choices are directed by unseen strongholds.
Thankful to say, been decolonized and it came with a price; the slaying of my ego. Life’s “readjustments“; heartbreak, ending of a career, loss of a loved one, disrespected, whomever or whatever on the throne in your heart can be radically dismantled in an instant.
Like my favorite author Mary O’Malley states in her book ; “What’s in the Way IS the Way” If we stay; “curiously and lovingly kind” then we have mastered living. Oh and the dismantling will come and the atmosphere will change, yup it may even get a little loud!
Change has a way of shaking things up. It was exhilarating, an honor watching these two battle their position on the pond.
Everything comes with a price, especially for the emerging wildlife photographer. Had to get up at 0400 hrs to prepare for a trek in the dark and it was a brisk 42 degrees! We are talking FLORIDA here, my blood is thin and the cold creeps right into my bones. However the passion of capturing a natural moment in the wild fuels me. So into the blind I went.
Knew this was going to be a challenge as a woman, have no problem peeing in the woods and will admit have a bit of penis envy in this respect, squatting is humbling. Oh boy and this morn the temperature was intimate!
As my fingertips numbed while gripping my mono-pod, finger on the trigger ready for the perfect moment, I heard crinkly plastic ripping noises. Later found out it to be this, yes a great tool to have, however timing is everything!
The above gentleman who was making all the noise for survival sake, warmed up and nature left, it was perfect timing for a pee break. We all got right back to business and gosh were we blessed. Nature has a way of showing up and all you have to do is “be ready”.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
Fact is you never know until you get out there who you can “shoot” with. True die hard Wildlife photographers have their heart and mind set on one thing only. For me it’s about “connection“, this portal opens, you capture the moment, hear the message and of course the joy is in the sharing!
The greatest compliment I have experienced is having nature rest in my presence. This is because you aren’t a threat and they can be who they are living in the moment.
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
And when they see you and they don’t go away, nope they stay awhile and sometimes you even see them smile. My heart melts.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ~William Shakespeare