Nature is my Teacher

“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher” William Wordsworth

I cannot think of any words that ring truer for me. I have learned a lot about wildlife and nature through my viewfinder. I am not just talking about the research. I think the research of a subject of my photo is important. I want to get the facts as accurate as possible. I referring to the overall lessons I learn just by trying to get the best photo possible.

I have learned patience in trying to get the best photograph at a moment’s notice. Wildlife does not get the concept of retakes. I either get the photo in the instance or not at all.

I have learned to always be prepared. When walking around outdoors, you must be prepared. I have gotten chances to get one photo before the subject is gone. If you do not have a camera at the ready, you will not get the photo.

I have learned animals are characters. I am convinced that many wild animals deliberately turn their backside at me when I am trying to get the perfect photo. I also think certain birds get annoyed with the clicking of my camera.

I have learned that not all animals are afraid of you. The old saying, they are more afraid of you than you are of them is not true. I find this true with raccoons. I love these pesky little creatures. The other night I walked out on to my front porch; my cat kept looking upwards. I really did not think much of it. The sky was brightly lit with moon light. I just figured she was watching bats flying around or bugs. But that was not the case; she was actually watching the raccoon hang upside down from my porch roof. If I had been a couple more steps in his direction, he could have touched my hair. And trust me, the phrase “screaming like a girl” would have taking on a whole new meaning.

Oh well, I enjoy my country life. Listening to the frogs and crickets at night aid me in falling asleep; I would not have it any other way.

Until next time…peace.

 

 

Snow Storm, Photos & Memories

Mid-Michigan is in the middle of a snow storm right now. So, I have put some extra wood in the fireplace to stay warm. Now, I am just working on some old negatives turning them into digital prints.  I am thankful that I really did not have anywhere important to go today.  The area could see up to 14 inches of snow by morning. I am just hoping that all those who have to get out for work are safe in their travels.

I honestly do not think these photos have been viewed since they were taking.  No one remembers the photos.  But I am enjoying the trip down memory lane. The first photo I am sharing with all of you today is of my grandfather and his first wife.  He was actual married twice before he met my grandmother.  At the same time, she had been married two times before.  They both agreed the third marriage was the best.  I love the old car in the photo, I wish I had that to play around with today.

I was surprised to find a photo of myself mixed in with his negatives.  Of course, I can’t really remember him taking the photo.  I can tell you the photo is over 40 years old.  The photo made me laugh.  My mom always tried to put us girls in dresses.  If you look closely at the photo, you will notice I am not wearing any shoes and I have band aids on my knee.  I loved being outdoors.  Still do.  And, yes I still walk around with no shoes on during the summer.  I think being without shoes connects you with nature.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful evening.  If you are out in this nasty snow storm, safe travels.