Are you quick to savour or quick to use?
When I get something new, I like to enjoy the process of discovery – get familiar with all the features, check out the manual and slowly ease into using it. It is a luxurious process that makes it seem more special.
This reminds me of an old commercial whose lines are still clogging my brain’s memory arteries:
“When you eat your Smarties do you eat the red ones last?
Do you suck them very slowly or crunch them very fast?”
What is your preference when a metaphorical Smartie enters your life? Given my bias, you should not be surprised that you are only reading about an amazing wildlife encounter that happened last spring.
Each year that passed without the opportunity to photograph a wolf, only served to magnify the creature’s legendary status in my mind. Even a trip to Yellowstone, which is often described as the best place in North America to see wolves, got me only as close as reported sightings in the area. It turns out that’s dangerously close to not seeing anything!
You can imagine my shock when we encountered a wolf on the first evening we arrived at Banff. I think I uttered something profound like, “That’s a wolf!” and promptly stopped breathing.
Heart racing, hands shaking – it’s truly a miracle I was able to take anything worth saving in the short time before the wolf bounded away. Later I had some doubts about what I saw so I had to quickly do some research to determine if it really was a wolf and not a coyote. With my last doubts assauged, I knew I had finally captured a wolf.
The memory of that evening still makes me smile. I call it savouring.