The Birds Are Godsend
The Birds Are Godsend
As much as we plan for our field trips, I believe the best we can do is about 20%. It goes back to the 80-20 rule.
The 80% is always the uncontrollable, the uncertainty, and the unexpected. I am talking about things like the weather, the sudden burst of sunlight, the shadows, the cloud formations, the rainbow, the stillness of the waters, the height of the waves, the timely arrival of the dragonfly in the lily pond, or the bird that suddenly shows up at the right place and the right time. It is this element of unexpectedness that makes photography so interesting and challenging. And believe me, more often than, these things make stunning images.
I consider myself pretty lucky in this regard. When you look at the two images I show here, you would understand what I am talking about.
The first one was taken on my trip to the world renowned Biosphere Reserve, Jiuzhaigou in SiChuan, China. The time was May. It was Spring and everywhere was basically in different hues of green. I am sure you would agree with me that just the lake reflection alone would not make the picture. But luckily, out of the blue, came a duck (mallard) cruising across in front of us. Oh, what a feeling. I actually finished up taking a few more pictures of the duck at different angles. If you like, just head over to my gallery and have a look. I must add that the way the duck showed up was quite dramatic, as if it were a mechanical toy set sail by someone at the lake (which would be illegal there of course.)
The second image was taken in Port Fairy on the surf coast along the Great Ocean Road, in Victoria, Australia. It was in a very early morning in March this year. The sun had just arisen from the horizon. Yes, the reflection of the golden color of the light was very atmospheric. However, this alone at best could only be the backdrop. The whole scenery came to life with the arrival of this little bird on the waterfront. What a difference!
I believe that God is looking after me all along. These lovely creatures as you see in the images are simply godsend. Everything happens for a reason and I can only be thankful for that.