While you're doing a little surfing this weekend, make sure you check in at Alyce's excellent blog, At Home With Books, for the list of everyone who's participating in this week's Saturday Snapshot. The rules are easy-peasy, so I hope you'll join us!
Anyone who's ever tried to photograph any sort of critter knows that one of the most common shots you'll come home with is... drum roll, please... the infamous butt shot.
|A determined Vermilion Flycatcher|
Some critters-- like the Vermilion Flycatcher you see above-- seem determined to keep their backs to your camera. (Kinda like I am whenever I see someone holding a camera and looking at me with a speculative gleam in their eye.) I'd hate to tell you how many butt shots I've gotten of a vermilion flycatcher. I don't feel like getting depressed.
|"She did NOT just take a picture of my butt! Did she?"|
Then there are times when you have the perfect shot lined up-- like I did with this little ground squirrel-- when something spooks it just as you click the shutter. If you're lucky, you'll have a butt shot instead of a photo of a few rocks.
|For cryin' out loud... come up for some air, would ya?|
I am now firmly convinced that one of the reasons why I went prematurely grey is because of all the time I spent stock-still waiting for water birds to get their heads up out of the water.
But patience is a very good thing to have, and it is rewarded. Remember how depressed I was over never getting a head shot of a vermilion flycatcher? Well, one day when Denis and I were wandering along the banks of the Hassayampa River outside Wickenburg, a little bit of magic happened....
|I finally got to see a face!|
And whenever that little bit of magic happens, all those butt shots, all those cricks in my neck and stiff knees, all this white hair on my head... it's all worth while. Set me out in the wide open spaces with my camera and critters to watch, and I'm in heaven.
Even if the only photos I get are butt shots.