As a parent, I can think of many fleeting moments that are permanently imprinted in my memory, even if I didn’t manage to capture the moment on camera at the time. The first smile, the first solid food, the first crawl, the first step, the first word. My kids aren’t babies any more but it doesn’t make the task of capturing special moments easier, as they often don’t remain still enough for me to pull out my camera, or they start striking such a pose, it takes the genuinity of the moment away. And there’s always that moment where my two boys hug each other, only to start fighting a few minutes later…
Nature can be easier to capture, especially when it involves inanimated objects, such as landscapes or trees. Flowers are not always easy to photograph. A little breeze is enough to drive me nuts as I try to snap the right photo. Wild animals are always fun to observe but as hard as I try to snap their pictures, they cooperate even less than my kids.
In front of my lens is where the wild, fleeting things are… I’ll explain where I managed to snap these not-so-great pictures in an upcoming post.
A California quail standing still in an apple tree.
A Stellar jay trying to impress (and scare away) another jay.
A pollinating bee sucking the nectar out of a wild rose. Thank you, macro feature and cooperating bee.