I went out to refill the hummingbird feeder after dinner and a tiny green and blue face greeted me. Since I know dragonflies to be creatures of habit I felt confident he would wait patiently for me while I retrieved my camera. Sure enough he was still sitting in the same spot and I took a few shots.
As I was focusing I saw a movement near the fence. Another dragonfly landed on a stem, but unfortunately was on the other side of the fence. Again, I counted on him to return to his favored perch even if I disturbed him. I leaned over the fence, focused on the stem, and waited. It took a few minutes and he flew close several times without landing, but eventually he posed for me.
One of the many blessings of my hobby is that it has encouraged me to not only be more patient, but to appreciate some of the many rewards of doing so. Waiting patiently for insects to land or for the wind to stop blowing or for the birds to ignore my presence usually results in a better photograph. And it certainly creates a better experience for me. As I stand or sit waiting I’m more aware of the light and the sounds around me and even the weather.
It is not a coincidence that the Bible admonishes us to “be still”.