I took a vacation day from work yesterday and headed down to the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge about 8am to do a little birding before I started checking some of the errands I planned off my list.
I travelled light with just my cell phone and keys in my pocket, my binoculars in hand and my new Crumpler camera bag complete with heavy camera stuff around my neck.
I came to the two seasonal ponds near the entrance to the main trail. I paused for a moment to marvel at the red duckweed covering the surface of the pond.
I wasn’t really prepared for the little lump I saw perched on a log in the middle of the pond. A Green Heron. Gorgeous guy who stared back at me as I checked him out through my binocs.
Wow! Let me take your picture, I thought, with my brand-new camera I barely know how to use.
He seemed to be a very cooperative subject. He waited patiently while I lowered my binocs and started to fumble with the camera bag. I glanced up quickly several times. He’s still there. Watching me.
This will be a great photo, I was sure of it. My husband who has always been the photographer in our family, is sure to be proud of me!
Velcro. I used to love velcro when my kids were little. Putting little shoes on and taking them off with velcro instead of shoelaces was a breeze. But combine birding and velcro camera bags? Not so sure. The loud velcro tearing sound as I attempted to get the camera out of the bag startled the heron into a tree near the pond.
There, he eyed me warily as I took as many pics as I could. I think a few of them turned out pretty good even if he was sort of awkwardly posed in the tree above the pond.