There are times when something happens that leaves me stunned to my Soul. That day is when it happened. Tired, aching from all the gardening I’ve been doing, I was out on a trail all because my Heart directed me to go. My sore hands and wrists could barely handle my heavy long lens. However, I went with confidence that I would not be let down.
[My couch beckoned me. I resisted. And out the door I went.]
It was near the end of my outing. On the last boardwalk heading towards my car, I was urged to lift my camera from off my camera vest, turn it on, extend the lens, and get my exposure and shutter speed correct for what was to come. I just knew something was about to happen. So, I did as I was directed and walked with anticipation around the last curve while on that boardwalk.
[Not once did I hesitate. Faith. I just knew …]
It was as I was coming out of the curve, movement caught my eye. I stood absolutely still to get my bearings on what was moving and where. I saw flitting and color. Birds. Lifting my camera up to my eye I scanned the area I saw movement and that is when I saw two yellow warblers, a male and a female. So many branches between they and me and let me tell you, neither one of those birds stopped moving. They were so tiny, 10 cm (3.9 in) I didn’t know if I would be able to clearly capture them. In circumstances such as this, it is nearly impossible to capture a clear image because of the interfering branches.
I stood there with every fiber of my being determined to do this. My weariness and aching all but disappeared. I saw these two warblers feeding and to my ecstatic astonishment I obtained a frame that I to this day do not know how I will top. This was the most difficult shot thus far of my 20+ year photography “career”! Even though my AF caught the branch in front clearly and not those birds, what I did manage to capture, was in my opinion, a Miracle.
Take into consideration the following facts: I was in the right place at the right time on the right day and not only that I blindly followed a “hunch”, a “feeling”, an “urge”, that I was about to see something magnificent. Let that sink in and you deduct the chances of what you are about to see to occur. Want to see? Will you then believe that Miracles really do happen? Here is that Miracle …..
A male yellow warbler is giving his sweetheart a tender morsel. To have been able to capture this extremely fast event is to me the height of my career. No this image is not focused perfectly and yes I did a lot of fussing in PS to get this image in as best as I could, but, just knowing I clicked my shutter button at the exact time these two shared a meal, and, that my aim was true, just WOW! In less time that it takes to blink, this moment ceased to be. That is how fast it was.
Photography/ “Miracle”/ June 2019©AmyRose Photography