I’ve said before that much of my photography is a product of just being in the right place at the right time. If I knew half as much “technical” stuff as my friends, I’d be dangerous. Yesterday afternoon was a great example. I was talking on the phone with my daughter, glanced out the window and saw this hawk in the tree at the edge of the yard. Picked up the camera with my free hand, held it up, balanced it with the little finger of my other hand, and clicked off four shots before the hawk flew away. Thirty seconds later and I wouldn’t have even known he was there. The photos aren’t as great as if I had been outside or been at another window closer to the tree, but my point is that I took the opportunity I was given.
I’m not a risk taker. I’m a cautious, timid person who often thinks of the “worst case scenario” before doing anything. And my son tells me that some of my worst case scenarios are quite imaginative! I think “crazy” is the descriptive word he uses most. However, I’ve been blessed to have recognized a few opportunities and taken a few chances when it really mattered. I’ve stepped out on faith a time or two and been amply rewarded.
This birthday has prompted me to look ahead a bit and wonder what opportunities are out there for an Okie grandmother who wants to take a small turn from the path she is on. I love my life and my career, but I’m thinking that in five or six years I might love something else just as much- something quieter and more creative and less physically strenuous. Just not quite sure what that might be…waiting for an opportunity to present itself.
I hope you embrace your opportunities today! And I hope you are rewarded with joy and success.
P. S. I also took the opportunity to photograph the geranium I bought for the porch. So happy that I did! It wilted an hour later.