Energy And Passion

I seem to be at a place lately of lacking energy and passion. Perhaps it is the duldrums of summer? But it has not been too hot the past few days. One would think observing the passion shared at my son’s wedding would have rubbed off.

I spotted a young mink yesterday and eased up to within 10 feet. It was one of those situations when a critter is in a good feeding situation. They are focused on catching a meal and allow a person to get very close. They keep an eye on you but go on about their business. The mink would climb down off a pile of downed small trees dive in the water and come back up with a crawdad and eat it on the log pile. Then repeat the process. In the past this observation would have fired me up. Made me anxious to see it again or to share the experience with my wife upon returning home.

Maybe this odd unemotional feeling is a part of old age. I don’t believe it is boredom. I still look forward to watching the osprey fish each morning. I could have watched the mink a lot longer had it not been for a loud truck passing nearby spooking the mink away.

When I got back to the house I walked down to the flower patches and there were a lot of butterflies working the blooms. Most of the butterflies have lost their luster. Wings tattered and color fading on their wings. Each time I looked out the back door hummingbirds were perched on the porch. Now and then chasing each other, then returning to perch again like ornaments on a christmas tree.

It won’t be long until the osprey, butterflies and hummers will be gone again until next season. At times I wonder if I just need something to sink my teeth in to. Ooops, that won’t work don’t have any teeth at the moment. Perhaps that is the solution to my dilemma. In a couple weeks I should have a new set of choppers. Then when I get in to one of these funks I can chew it up and spit it out. You got to love that about life. The ups and downs make it all worth while in my humble opinion…

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8 Responses to Energy And Passion

  1. Ellen Bunnell says:

    Yes, I think it’s part of aging, certainly not boredom. Nor doldrums. Can’t be with all the beautiful photos you take, with their amazing detail. All those feelings, been there, done that and still doing so now and then. And so far I still have my teeth, 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Jim says:

      Ellen Bunnell,
      I agree a part of the normal flow of living. A few years back had an enlarged heart and a 95 percent blockage, had a stent put in. The year prior to that my teeth went to hell very quickly. I think that must have had something to do with that. Miss my teeth in that it feels funny to talk sometimes without them. That and unable to eat foods that require chewing. Will see how it works out with false teeth pretty soon. Glad you still have your teeth !

  2. Janis Johnson says:

    Great pictures Jim.. Glad to hear the surprise went well. Wish them all the happiness in the world..

  3. Kenny Joiner says:

    Jim I hope you get to feeling better , you sure take some beautiful pictures , those are some great mink shots , I have had some back trouble for a couple months so I haven’t got to run into you in a while ,always glad to run into you cause I always learn something from you, & Ron , hope your teeth work out good as well , take care .

    • Jim says:

      Kenny Joiner,
      Feeling fine. Got lucky running across that mink feeding. Wondered why we had not seen you. Hope the back causes you no more pain. Take care yourself.

  4. I think we all feel like that from time to time. I sometimes ask myself why I’m doing this or what’s the point, but then I know that if I stopped, I’d miss it. I think you’d miss it too!
    Those are such perfect shots of the mink! I would have been very excited if I had taken them.

    • Jim says:

      New Hampshire Gardener,
      I once thought it would be very difficult to feel normal with out fishing everyday, yet I am. I would miss it certainly. Time outdoors is such a comfort. The mink was so close it would be difficult not to have gotten good shots. That is one thing that had me wondering. I did not get that nervous excitement watching. Then again it may be that learning to relax and roll the finger on the shutter button calmy is what is needed. Thinking about the background and how a shift a few inches left or right up or down might improve the shot. Waiting until the mink was under water or behind a log to move to a better light angle. When I think about it that way looking back I understand a little better why those situations have a different energy and passion…

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