By S. J. Brown
At some time in our lives we all have to wait. We wait in line at the grocery store, or sit in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. Farmers wait for just the right time to plant their crops, students wait for the end of the school day and all of us are now waiting for spring to truly arrive.
This time of year I am waiting for the days to pass, waiting for eggs to hatch, and baby animals to be born. Photographing baby animals is one of the hardest things about my job, besides paperwork of course. Baby animals are soooo cute, but their mothers keep them close and are very protective. I prefer not be clawed, pawed or pecked in the pursuit of an adorable image.
Once I am in the field I wait some more. I wait for the critters to get comfortable with me being in their home. I wait for just the right angle, and that treasured shot that fills the lens. I don’t like causing Mama critters stress so I use a telephone lens, stay down wind, and shoot from behind a tree, bush, large rock whatever is in the area.
Then after I am sure I have the perfect shot I wait for the lab to develop the film.
Once I have the prints in my hands I submit them to publishers, then I wait some more. I may wait just a few days or it could be weeks before I know if what I sent is what they were looking for. While I wait I am working on a memoir, once it is done I will wait some more.
I am also waiting for April 23rd. That Saturday I will be signing books at the Chocolatefest & Book faire in Martinsburg WV. This event includes over 20 authors, a chocolate walk, tours of a chocolate factory and more.
So what are you waiting for? What drives you crazy when you have to wait for it? What don’t you mind waiting for?
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