I’m convinced I would have come up with some great quotes by now but it turns out all the good ones have already been recorded and well used.
For example take H. L. Mencken’s jewel, “When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.” How many times have you heard someone say it’s not about the money during contract negotiations? Yet miraculously more money always seems to solve it. Next time it’s still not about the money – until it is. I’m pretty sure I would have figured out a snappy quote to describe that situation!
It reminds me of a guy telling me how he and three others from his office were participating in an upcoming charity run. Each of them had repeatedly agreed that this was just for fun and it didn’t matter who finished first. Then he laughed and said, “So of course it’s all about who finishes first!”
My recent trip to northern Saskatchewan followed the same pattern only the entire conversation happened in my head. I told myself I would be happy to get any wildlife or even scenery. After all, I’m an experienced wildlife photographer which is a fancy way of saying that more often then not I don’t find wildlife. I know that I need to keep my expectations in check.
It was entirely a coincidence that bears were the first animal I asked about at the information centre. They suggested looking in the early morning and late evening. I think I have memorized their standard response but I keep trying.
I was pleased to find some elk, loons and some fantastic scenery in my wanderings. My trip was a success. But I kept driving just in case there were some more … you know … elk.
Then at high noon I spotted glimpses of a bear and cubs wandering through thick brush but unfortunately they disappeared without a shot or a trace. Disappointing!
A short time later I had a few seconds with a different bear. Euphoria!
The next day it happened again. More euphoria! OK I have to confess it really was about the bears. There’s something special about the first bears of the season even if they are not my best bear shots.
I will soon be heading back to the Rockies to enjoy the scenery and check if there’s any wildlife or mountains to photograph. Those mountains can be tricky to find sometimes! But I assure you that this time it’s absolutely not about the bears. I bet there’s a famous quote about that too.