By S. J. Brown
Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner I thought I should write about romance. However Hubby and I aren’t really romantic type people. If he came home to find a candlelight dinner he would ask how long the power had been out.
Still its a couple’s time of year so I decided to write about some wild couples I have photographed. Photographing wild couples is not always easy. Critters aren’t like people you can’t tell them stand close to one another and smile. Well you can, but it won’t do you any good.
I thought I would start with a pair of Mallards I discovered along a riverbank. Slowly I crept up on them and zoomed in for a shot of him.
She wasn’t quite close enough to get into the shot. So I waited, and waited some more. Finally she floated close enough to him I managed to get both of them in the lens and clicked the shutter button.
As I stood up to walk away I heard someone behind me. I turned to find a hunter. He was clad in a combination of camouflage and bright orange. In his arms was a large ominous looking gun. This wasn’t the first time I had encountered hunters while out photographing critters and I am sure it won’t be the last. He smiled and asked if I had seen any ducks. I admit it I lied, and told him no. He thanked me and wandered down the path and around the bend.
Once he was a good distance away I walked closer to the water’s edge and explained to the Mallard couple they needed to go hang out somewhere else. I took the opportunity to click the shutter button a few more times before they heeded my advice and flew off.
It took me quite a while to photograph a pair of wood ducks I discovered floating in a pond. They were hanging out with a group of other ducks that were happy to have their picture taken. I was getting some nice shots of each of the wood ducks, but I couldn’t get them to hang out close enough together to share the shot until they were good and ready to pose for me.
This next couple actually hangs out together a lot. They are pretty easy to photograph because they live at my house. They let me take their picture in exchange for munching on a few of my flowers. I am hoping they have babies in the spring and I get a chance to photograph them as well.
Over the years I have captured a number of couples on film. These couples and I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Even if you aren’t part of a couple you should be treated special on Valentine’s Day, and every day because you are.
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