"The way we experience the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us." - Ritu Ghatourey
Recently retired from working a day job, I find I am losing track of which day it is. Not a bad thing really. Keeping a calendar of appointments and photography gigs is essential and helps keep me on track each day. What I have found over the past three weeks is that I am enjoying the moment more than ever. Probably because I have more time to do what I want to do. I am happier, that's for sure. And getting out with a friend to practice our craft of photography is always a good day.
Lazy childhood days of summer came to mind when I noticed these sweet painted daisies growing in the gravelly dirt in a parking lot. The summer heat, the soft warm breeze, and daisies. Yes, that brings me back to childhood as well but the daisies I picked were little white ones with the yellow centers. The common ones. The ones we braided together to make bracelets and necklaces. Maybe it's time to make myself a blue one since blue is my favourite colour. Now that I have time!
The distinct smell of creosote and oil along the railroad tracks brings me back to my childhood summers in Nova Scotia where the dusty dirt roads were oiled regularly. We would run barefoot on the hot roads and by end of summer our feet were tough and well-oiled.
The flower in the middle eludes me of its name, but it was fun to photograph then play in Photoshop to see what kind of art I could make from it.
Jan has a great eye for finding dragonflies hiding in the marshes. This one didn't move and perhaps it was because of his broken wing making life for it more of a struggle that it hung on to the grass while we moved about to get different angles.
The osprey nests we found had baby chicks in them! Over the next few weeks we will return to try to capture their attempts to leave the nest. Oh to have a bird's eye view of this humble home. Even though we tried to not be too conspicuous by moving towards the hill by the tracks, both osprey took turns circling above us, keeping a sharp eye out for food at the same time as they checked us out. I love seeing them spread their wings, showing the wonderful brown and cream colours of their feathers.
The image on the left was captured with a full-frame Canon 5D Mark 4 with a 300 mm lens, f 9.0, 1/1250 sec, 400 ISO, uncropped.
Between backyard cleanup projects and indoor painting jobs around home, it was just what I needed on this beautiful summer day...a chance to get out and play with a friend. May there be many more days like this ahead.
Terrill Bodner, MPA is an Accredited Professional Photographer living in Prince George, BC, specializing in Contemporary Family Portraiture, Corporate Headshots, Real Estate and Fine Art photography. Terrill is an Accredited member of Professional Photographers of Canada and holds the designation of Master of Photographic Arts.