Before “The Event” that I’m about to tell you about happened, I was drawn to this family’s energy like a bee to honey. In so doing I asked them if I could take their picture. I did my best not to have their faces showing and I even told them I prefer to shoot them as they looked out over the water. However, things do shift occasionally and for some reason the Dad went over to his son several times while I was shooting. When finished I continued my walk in Bird Heaven.
Yes, this photograph really was taken 2 days ago! Did your heart sigh?
There were so many Warblers and other birds that no matter in which direction I faced, I saw birds. I’ve never seen so many birds as this Spring! Never! I couldn’t get enough of the breathtaking lightness these birds brought with them. Walking and then stopping to shoot, I meandered down the path.
Suddenly in front of me, the Mom from the family I had taken pictures of earlier, I saw crouching on the path. Watching her struggle to put back on a strap that was behind her back from the baby carrier she was wearing, all I wanted was to help her. No way was she going to reach that strap as she struggled to even find it with her left hand.
Very slowly and quietly, I approached from behind her and as I did I identified myself, asking her if I could help her. When she did not say no, I quickly and gently brought the strap with my hand to her left hand. Accidentally my hand brushed hers, and in so doing, I immediately stepped back and apologized. No outburst of fear or anger came from this woman. I stood stunned by what just happened.
I then saw her husband change directions retracing his steps back towards where we were on that path. I apologized again to them both for touching this woman’s hand, saying quietly I am so tired of being looked upon as a contagion. No dirty looks, no shouting, no accusations came forth. There was an awkward silence yet their energy was not angry. I think they were as stunned as I was at what transpired. I quickly walked away so they would not see the tears in my eyes.
Yes, despite the horrors of this world, we are still decent human beings! For the first time in months, I was treated normally. For the rest of my entire life to be touched and not have someone recoil in fear will be such a Gift! To see so many people lately acting without fear and just so happy, brings such HOPE to my heart!
As for the birds ….. I shot over 800 frames in less then 2 hours! I’ve only begun editing my shots and I will do my best to edit more to show you. Below are some shots directly from Bird Heaven. Feel the LOVE.
Northern Parula Warblers (middle bird male)
…. and more to come! SO many species of Warblers seen that day to which my eyeballs crossed as I was identifying these birds. I’ve NEVER seen some of these Warblers in my life! Please click on links I provided to read more about these heavenly birds.
Photography/ “Bird Heaven” / May 2020©AmyRose
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