“Photography is about capturing the moment.” I heard that recently in a commercial and it stayed with me this week. Unfortunately I remember nothing about the commercial or the product being sold. Sorry guys…I know you wanted me to buy something.
Capturing the moment is exactly what I’m about and I’m blessed to be an old woman with a camera. My age and infirmities force me to meander at a slower pace than in previous years and I notice much more than most people. I’m not only a “moment” photographer, but a “little details” one. Yesterday I wasn’t even going to go outside because a quick perusal of the garden didn’t show much in the way of new blooms. I was tired and needed a brief nap. Thirty minutes later, and a bit more refreshed, I decided to wander outside just to be wandering. Walking is good for me!
I was rewarded with two butterflies playing tag. They actually went from blossom to blossom together long enough for me to realize that it wasn’t by accident. The little one was following the larger one and continued to do so long after I had finished taking pictures.
Then I noticed this lovely Missouri primrose growing close to fence where it had escaped the blade of the mower. It’s aptly nicknamed “sundrops”. Close to it was some vetch- probably not welcomed in most flower beds, but I like it.
Lots and lots of white in the garden at this time of year. Some of the wild roses on the fence are white instead of pink. I have three different white irises, white azaleas, and white spirea. I love the contrast of white against the bright greens of spring. White is sometimes a difficult color to photograph, so white blossoms serve as a challenge for me.
There are lots of challenges for me in the field of photography. I’m not good at the technical aspects of it like my daughter and husband. There are always, always things “wrong” with my photos. I’m aware of that and I’ve come to terms with it. I’m not out to prove anything about my skills, but rather to record the moment and share it with others. Much like my day job, I’m the kindergarten version of photographers- “LOOK WHAT I FOUND!”
As if to top off the day, a pair of Canada geese flew down to the pond for a brief visit. I’m not sure why they are still here, but I sure enjoyed watching them.
And to think I almost didn’t go outside!
Being behind the lens has been a life-changing experience for me and has improved my mental and physical health. I highly recommend it as a hobby.