Even when something seems too far out of reach, just about impossible, don’t let that stop you from at least going for it. If you do nothing by giving up, you may well have passed up a golden opportunity that would give you something you thought unreachable.
That happened to me yesterday. Here I was at my fav park with so many cars in the parking lot I was forced to park on the grass. No parking spaces were available. Wow I said to myself. I’ve never seen this! Did I leave cuz you know it was just too crowed and hey I wouldn’t be able to capture anything? No I did not!
I have been trying to get a picture of a Belted Kingfisher without any success for three years. Three years! These birds are SO darn smart and elusive that the moment you appear they are gone. As I was walking down a trail, I heard the call of a Belted Kingfisher. They’re back, I cried silently! Oh how wonderful! I know where they tend to hang, so I made a left onto a less traveled path being very careful to be quiet.
I heard his cry again. And then through the trees I saw a flash. My pace quickened as I held my stealth hoping that somehow I’d catch that son-of-a-gun this time! As I approached the pond, I saw this bird fly into a tree wayyyyyyy far away across the pond. Did that stop me? No! The picture that is at the start of this post is the tree where I spotted the Belted Kingfisher. Did you perhaps see him in that tangle of branches?
I managed to shoot a whole series of images choosing carefully in the editing room the one I thought would be the best one to crop. The results? Not a very good capture to say the least, but this is the first time I have ever been able to capture a Belted Kingfisher. Those results?
As for part of this lovely pond this bird is fond of fishing in, here is an image of that.
The moral of this story is, no matter how hard something deems to be, do not give up! No matter how long it takes to achieve that something, do not give up! If I had given up when I saw the huge number of people at this park I’d never been given the chance to capture this bird.
And if I had said no way the distance is too far away to shoot this bird, I would not have been able to get the picture I did. Even it it’s not the best image, so what? I got it! So go for it and do not give up!!
Photography/ “Do Not Give Up” / March 2020©AmyRose Photography
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