I should give myself an award or something.
And now that I think about it, I should have also made a New Year’s resolution out of my decision to go cold turkey. After all, resolutions are mostly about quitting things like not exercising, not eating or not having fun. This one fits right in. Maybe too much warm turkey clouded my occasional clear thinking.
So here it is – I haven’t tripped the shutter on a real camera for 35 days (I don’t count camera phones). I think that’s pretty impressive especially since I usually think of myself as a photographer. After a week off, I typically get these irresistible urges to focus on something, anything, and even magpies start to look good!
My amazing accomplishment was significantly aided by giving it a good shot, luck and a confluence of factors over which I had absolutely no control. Hmm … sounds a lot like getting good wildlife photos!
A busy Christmas season was a key factor. Then along came some interminably cold weather with wind chills that started with a 3 or 4. The capstone was sending my camera and long lens in for upgrades and repairs that I had postponed for months.
I can’t recall the last time I was so unarmed for wildlife photos. It is a strange feeling looking into an empty camera case. The only thing I can do if a huge moose shows up now is enjoy it.
I woke this morning to hoar frost and knew there was a snowy owl somewhere that was posing. I noticed my forefinger twitching and my heart skipped a beat but thankfully it passed quickly. Other than that I’m doing ok. Thanks for asking!
Now I wonder if there are any other retroactive resolutions I should claim?