Who is Watching?

Every trek is an adventure and one doesn’t travel far to see nature reveal her beauty. Really all you have to do is be still. This happened to me when concentrating on a Little Blue Jueve, zooming in waiting for the perfect light, this little guy suddenly honked and flew towards me. Lowering my lens I saw the reason, Coyote was present and soon vanished after a three second hypnotizing stare.


The grass was thick and so with the wildlife. Live for these moments so to share the mystery, the beauty, the immmuable story as nature reveals secrets.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu

This particular day met another photographer, they stopped and asked what I was filming, sharing my encounter they quickly retort; “I come here every day and never saw that” Pondered his statement, it’s true, sometimes I sit for hours but not always, no it’s kinda like fishing, never know what the daily catch will be. All one can do is prepare and joyfully expectant; my mantra.

Fisherman wait a long time in one area, investigating their pond, becoming one with their environment. Observe the Great Blue Heron, they can teach one how to consume just about anything!

I’ve sat with a Heron a few times, one day a few hours! Actually I don’t keep track of time, I get lost in it.

The deathblow is delivered with a quick stab and the prey is swallowed whole and to be regurgitated later as a “hair ball” casting or pellet. The passing of pellets allows a bird to remove indigestible material from its stomach which is more like a ligament gland then a pouch; proventriculus.  Nature is fascinating.

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A refreshing drink and onto the next meal, mother nature and her realm. It’s such an honor to witness, capture and share! Lately have been going out with my 500 mm and building up my muscles, my close friends know the cost, couldn’t hold that lens up for more then two minutes at a time. My mentor would say; “You’ll build up muscles, be patient”. 

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

It takes practice, patience and thousands of images to upload. A photographer really doesn’t think about this as the import is multi-climatic. Sometimes you see something you totally weren’t expecting. This is why your camera comes with you wherever you go.

Have you ever seen a white peacock?

He saw me first and talk about neck wrenching! Went off the road for this shot and yesterday replaced my tire. It was worth it. Eventually this bird warmed up to my presence and came out on the grass, an intimate moment captured.

During this particular shot felt another set of eyes on me, the great Osprey.

Love my phone, 16 megapixel’s and waterproof, another tool used in nature when she decides to come in real close, like this Sandhill Crane family. Preciousness beyond words, worth every penny spent on this phone.

These are the moments which refresh and invigorate. Sharing is the best part.

I was just at some friends house for dinner and my friends have been observing a family of these birds for over 20 years……. They mate for life, I love that part, and i love, love, love the heart on their heads……. Wonderful shots Brenda Stevens, thanks for these wonderful photos of love and life and God’s creations……….”  

Yes, this is another reason I am led to write and share my photos.

Anything we love, we feel. The latent within rises flushing out all negativity. Such beauty to be seen if we just make the time to pause and reflect.

Above is a water bird; Anihinga. Delicately balanced they swim for their prey.  Their feathers are dark, sometimes green with silvery markings. Wings and tail may be bluish black. The eyes are pink surrounded by green skin. It has a long, straight bill and a Z-kink in its neck. The tail is long, made up of 12 wedge-shaped quill feathers. It has webbed feet.

Another sunset approaches, and it has been a glorious day. My body is tired, aches while readjusting my lens however can’t stop smiling knowing I witnessed a bit of heaven today.

About Brenda

"Brenda adores the birds. She is enchanted with their grace, their beauty. It was the birds and being out among them that gave her the peace she so needed and forged a new passion She uses a camera to capture those incredible moments, to savor them and share them with others. For her the camera was freedom. Brenda spent her life healing others, and dealing with incredible pain and despair. The world of birds and nature and photography was what she turned to in order to see the beautiful side of the world" -Eric Curtis Cummings
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5 Responses to Who is Watching?

  1. Myke Todd says:

    Quite the fascinating account. Getting to see your world through your eyes, quite the treat. I lived everything about this presentation… well, other than the coyote. They are always up to no good.

    • Brenda says:

      Thankyou Mr Todd!

      I understand your feeling about the Coyotes. My Aunt lost both her cats in Washington State and many neighbors their small dogs and one child 3 y/o playing in a driveway was attacked and dragged.

      Something does have to be done where they are overpopulated or else they will hunt ANYTHING for their brood.

  2. Gisele says:

    Thank you for sharing the journey. Eloquently stated what we feel and see and Ho through, yes even the aches. Totally worth it.

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