Seizing the Moment

Previously, in a post entitled “Opportunity Knocks” I wrote about having my camera gear ready and at a moments notice, being able to set out on a photo shoot. I described a trip with a friend into the desert area just east of Apache Junction in Arizona. The Saguaro and other cactus were magnificent in their natural world. I was able to capture many interesting images.

An unsuspecting beaver passes by my vantage point.

An unsuspecting beaver passes by my vantage point.

Recently, I attended “Image Explorations 2014” near Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Every morning I set out at sunrise to explore and make images around a pond near where I was staying. Sunrise brings with it golden light and wildlife hunting for food after a long quiet night. A Great Blue Heron stopped by each morning to catch his fill of small fish and bugs. A family of beaver was a permanent inhabitant of the pond. Their lodge was located in the reeds near a path that bordered the pond. With stealth I was able to get very close to the lodge. I could hear the rustling and ‘chatter’ of the beavers inside the lodge.

In the morning light the beavers would feast on lily pads. They worked fairly close to the shore of the pond. As long as I remained partially hidden by reeds and bull rushes they didn’t seem to mind my presence. Once they knew I was there they moved to the centre of the pond where it was impossible to capture a decent image.

One morning I set up on a small wharf. The Blue Heron had landed on an old log and was busily satisfying his hunger. He was oblivious to my presence as long as I was still and quiet. I got some good shots.

Standing there I noticed a beaver swimming towards me. He too seemed not to notice me. Realizing that I had only one chance to get a good image of him I stood quietly and waited, camera ready.

He came right up to the wharf, immediately below my camera. ‘Click,’ ‘Smack!’ ‘Splash!’ He was gone. I should have had my camera set for continuous images. That would have been cool. But I did capture a pretty good image of the beaver.

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