This morning I looked out the window and was pleased to see that the light pink hibiscus had bloomed. However, I was in the middle of doing laundry and decided to wait to take a picture.
By the time I went out mid-morning to feed the birds the grasshoppers had taken several bites of the new blooms. I chastised myself for not going out earlier, but I still didn’t go back inside to get the camera.
This afternoon I returned to the yard to pick tomatoes and to put out dog food for our evening visitors.
I finally had the camera hanging from my neck. However, the grasshopper had not only devoured more of my plants…the heat had curled the edges of the blooms. Much of the garden looked a bit worn and weary and I’d obviously missed the opportunity for pretty photos!
I almost returned to the comfort of our AC, but I decided to go ahead and wander around the yard for a few minutes.
Thank goodness for that decision. Because I stayed in the yard I had a new opportunity…to see this tiny praying mantis!
Much of my photography is about creating opportunities-being outside in the first place, being very still and quiet, taking the time to look around. I find that many people go through life at full speed. They may accomplish a lot more than I do, but they also miss many of the tiny details of life. And the details can be so rewarding!
So…I may be slow and plodding. I may sometimes procrastinate to the point of missing a great shot. But if I go outside and look around, my lens may still find something wonderful to share with you.