Kyle Elizabeth Cook
I had a long to-do list today. Renew my Canon Professional Services membership, buy a plane ticket to Tulsa to see my mom, clean the house (yeah, right), laundry (another yeah, right), vacuum my car, charge batteries for EVERYTHING, etc., etc. Then, it happened.
What happened, you might ask? Well, my husband and I have been hoping for Baltimore Orioles to show up since we briefly saw one or two last year. I just happened to look out the deck window and voila! There was a male Baltimore Oriole! I yelled Oriole, Oriole, Oriole to my husband. (He heard oil, oil, oil and thought nothing of it?) Finally, I said Or eee ole! and the light came on. Then, there were two. Three. They were pecking on the worm cake that was almost gone, and taking small bites off the suet cakes. We knew they liked oranges and grape jelly, and we'd had an oriole feeder in the garden most of the winter with no success. SO, I got in the car, ran off to get another worm cake (or two), new oranges, and another worm cake holder. Got everything filled and hung and set up my lens coat portable blind, and my Canon 5DS with 500 mm f/4 lens with a 2x extender, in the fringe of our natural area. Then, things started to happen. Bluebirds, Orioles, Brown-headed Nuthatches, Red Tail Hawk....Forget all those other things on my to-do list. Things were happening NOW!
Sometimes, you just can't drop everything and go shoot. But when you like to photograph nature, sometimes you will just have to have a furball filled house, dirty dishes, and a pile of laundry. If you're lucky, you have a husband like mine who understands the "specialness" of it all - brilliantly-colored birds, just waiting to be photographed.
We're going out to eat tonight....