“Sometimes I get to places just when God‘s ready
to have somebody click the shutter”
Ansel Adams, photographer
Last year I discovered a photographic treasure.
It is a water catchment area where a variety of birds often gather. What makes this place so special is that it borders on a vast natural preserve. Arrive there the right time of day and it’s a wonder to behold.
One evening it was especially breathtaking.
Though I frequented the area a number of times, with and without my camera gear, the scene had never been quite as beautiful. So I was glad that I brought along my camera.
The sky glowed as the sun was edging towards setting somewhere in the distance. The small pond, with a reflection of the sky on its surface, contained a number of birds wading and foraging for food. The flora in the preserve swayed back and forth ever so gently in the warm breeze, their full bloom capturing the splendor of the Golden Hour.
Check camera settings! Click! Click! Click!
I’ve taken countless photos in the catchment area but consider the landscape I captured that evening high among my favorites.
Quite a bit of time has passed since I returned to the area, but had the opportunity to do so the other evening. I went there with high anticipation of what I would see so, of course, I brought my camera.
Boy, what a disappointment.
I’ll let the photo speak for itself:
The moral of the story is to photograph a beautiful scene or special moment at the time you witness it. If you don’t, the golden opportunity may never present itself again.