My camera and tripod are set up permanently, ready to be grabbed at a moment’s notice to capture a small part of the constantly changing beauty that surrounds us.
Although most of the scenery I share is from our front views over the fjord, there’s a lot of action out my back door/office window. In the woods behind us at this time of year the chicks are out of their nests. We can see them fluttering from tree to tree, frantically following their parents, demanding to be feed, chirping plaintively if they’re alone, so unsteady with their wings yet strong with their push for survival.
For the most part they all stay out in the woods with its abundance of trees for protection and food for their consumption. We can hear them, and see their unsteady flights from tree to tree … but occasionally they get a little closer. And two weeks ago, while snapping away trying to capture the silver color of the strong sunshine as it highlights and reflects off the variety of trees on the side of Ulvenfjellet, I heard a plaintive “cheep cheep” just outside my office window. I glanced down and saw a young chick calling for a parent — and, just as I was snapping and trying to focus my camera, a parent arrived to feed it.
Such a gift nature gave me at that exact moment — to witness life between the trees and my camera lens!
I was disappointed at first that I didn’t have time to do anything but aim down and zoom in without the time to focus, but once I uploaded the images I decided that, maybe, it created an even more powerful moment. Because they’re a little fuzzy, maybe they represent the continuing life cycle of all creatures, not just these two specific birds caught in time … or am I just over-analyzing and over-thinking, and it’s just two blurry images? 🙂
I encourage you to check out other responses to this week’s photo challenge of Between. Capture something in the middle of two things — and, let me know what you think: would a focus have made my images even better?