Looking back over my blog posts, it occurred to me that I may have unintentionally committed a bit of a fraud on these pages. A story from the past sheds some light on the situation.
I was always amused by the memory of US President Reagan’s staff regularly thanking TV media for running highly negative stories. After a few rounds, they were incredulous and wondered what was up. A presidential staffer explained that all the footage of Reagan smiling, waving and speaking at grand openings was simply priceless. The fact that the voice in the background was berating the president was mostly irrelevant since people focused on the wonderful images of Reagan and largely ignored the story.
In my musings about chasing wildlife I have often noted the challenges of finding creatures in the wild. However, if a blog visitor only looked at my photos, it might appear that animals are practically bursting out from everywhere in order to preen in front of my camera. That’s not quite how it usually plays out.
Last weekend I went up to Prince Albert National Park. I was fortunate to enough to catch a few sightings of otters including one in an accessible location. I just missed getting a good photo of it walking on the ice before it disappeared in the water. I figured if it showed up once, there was a good chance it could happen again. Why I keep applying logic like that to these situations, I will never know.
I cleared the snow off a spot on the bench, set up my camera and waited. I can only imagine the wildlife show that was happening behind me but no otter joined the party in front of me.
Nevertheless, all was not lost. I had the benefit of a comfortable seat in a beautiful place. I was able to enjoy nature all by myself under a bright sun and there were absolutely no mosquitoes – consistent with the theme of no wildlife. Even better, I was able to watch and listen as the water ran around the ice on the Waskesiu River.
Yes I got skunked again. But this time there was no visual fraud in the making of the post!
Krahnpix note: It’s entirely possible I may have captured some other wildlife photos on that trip but that’s a story for another day. Bottom line? We had a fantastic trip up north.