“Grace is what picks me up and lifts my wings high above and I fly! Grace always conquers! Be graceful in everything; in anger, in sadness, in joy, in kindness, and in unkindness, retain grace with you!” ― C. JoyBell C.
For the past few days, as I looked out the window from my desk, I saw this hummingbird feeding on our canna lilies. He never came at the same time of day and I never had my camera ready. His routine was to arrive and drink from each blossom then move on to the next plant. When he was done with ours he flew next door to the neighbour’s flowers for more.
Today, I had my camera ready and the light was good enough that I could shoot through the window. I made several images and this is the best one. Even at this, the plants are not very close and he moved so quickly that there is a slight movement evident in his body. All things considered, I’m fairly pleased with this moment.
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 300 mm 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400
“When photographers get beyond copying the achievements of others, or just repeating their own accidental first successes, they learn that they do not know where in the world they will find pictures. Nobody does. Each photograph that works is a revelation to its supposed creator.” – Robert Adams
As the above quote articulates so nicely, I never know where a photograph may be waiting. All too often an image reveals itself and I don’t have my camera with me. Then there are the simple moments where some slight movement catches my eye and what has become instinct takes over. I’ve made a practice over the past few years to photograph in as many conditions as possible, to take what was at first, technical learning of what my equipment was capable of, and making it an automatic extension of me. This has enabled me to capture those things in my world that provoke thought and emotion and ponder on them further. Every one of these moments being an opportunity to expand my understanding of the world I live in.
I spent quite some time watching this little fellow flitting to and fro, in an Ojai California meadow, protecting his little patch of the world from intruders. He had an assortment of perches to choose from but always returned back to this one. Then he’d sit, for long periods, surveying his realm. There was not much happening during these quiet times and it made me wonder what thoughts must be going through his head.
Nikon D300 Nikor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO100