A Guessing Game

In a way I spend my time playing a guessing game. Where to go? How long to Stay? Where to position myself? What conditions will place a critter close enough to observe and photograph? One must be able to accept failure to play this game.

There is a sense of mystery when the answers come. You see I am never certain that what I see is as it seems. Slowly I do get better at this game. I  think? At times feeling in touch with the quarry. Then again I will have a stretch of days when it feels like I am always in the wrong location. The dreadful nothingness of boredom sets in. Which must be replaced in the mindset by the wonders that pop up in an instant. Gosh, I almost left this spot a few minutes ago.

Never the less my odds are much improved if I am walking the woods or sitting on the river bank then stretched out on the couch. Even when I do chose to recline my mind is working on the guessing game. What should I do different? Where have I not looked. Did what I see really happen and why?

I suppose this guessing game is similar to the jigsaw puzzle of life. All the pieces are out there. It is up to me to search out the pieces and try and make them fit. To make sense of the wondrous beauty of the natural world we live in. Failure, the mundane and good fortune all a part of what makes living so special. I will keep playing as long as I am able. After all I will miss all this when my story ends. I guess ? ? ?

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Today’s Flashback Photo

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4 Responses to A Guessing Game

  1. Mary S. says:

    I’d say that for all your doubts, you did a great job today, no matter how uncertain you felt about it.
    You really caught beautifully the communication between the 2 eagles in the first four photos. The one flying in looks almost as if it is going to embrace the other, especially in the 2nd pic; you definitely got the communication between the 2 birds! The concern in the wings and on the face of the one flying is expressive; the other eagle seems to be explaining what the problem is. Lovely set of pix. MCS

    • Jim says:

      Mary S,
      It was a good day. I think the eagle perched is a maturing female. The eagle flying in perhaps an interested adult male. Thank You…

  2. I’ll agree with that-learning to accept failure is a big part of nature photography. It isn’t often I get home completely satisfied!
    Those are great shots of the two eagles, and the flying pileated woodpecker.
    It looks like the pelicans in the flashback photo were skating.

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      I think it is a good thing to never be completely satisfied. There is always room for improvement. Thank You, the pileated gave me several passes, that sure helps. The pelicans swarm so many times when a gull dives down for a fish. These all arrived at the same time. Kinda neat when that happens…

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