Picking Favorites

IMGP6489By S. J. Brown

We all have favorite things, that special gift from long ago, or a place with fond memories. Sometimes our favorite is a sentence that just glides off the tongue and completes a thought. After every photo trip Jay asks me what my favorite part of the trip was. Generally it is a brief moment when I am close to a critter and clicking the shutter button. After we arrive home when I am going through stacks of photographs he asks which image is my favorite.

My favorite moment doesn’t always yield a favorite photograph. On a recent trip to Michigan my favorite moment did yield my favorite image from the trip. I hung out with a raccoon while he enjoyed his lunch. Jay spotted him going into a trash can to retrieve the meal. He didn’t care how close I approached, he had a snack and I wasn’t a threat.

20 SJ Brown Raccoon

My favorite critter moment from a trip to Colorado was when we sat and watched a Coyote. We spotted him in the road pouncing on the hard surface. It took us a few minutes to figure out what he was doing. The road was covered with crickets; he would pounce on one, eat it and then move on to the next one.

32 Coyote

My favorite moment on a trip to Minnesota was when Jay and I helped out with a duck banning project. It was cold and very early in the morning, but it was an experience I will never forget. I was a bit busy so I didn’t get very many photos, so my favorite moment and my favorite image didn’t match on that trip.

Me Duck

Some photo trips have more than one favorite moment or image which makes it hard to choose. Hanging around in South Dakota we had several great experiences and came home with loads of great photos.

SJ Brown Deer

When we visited Maine my favorite moment was when we spotted a mother moose and her calf. It took days to find the pair and when we did it was cold and rainy, but I didn’t care. Mama was letting me get pictures of them both.

SJ Brown Moose

Sometimes it is hard to choose a favorite. I have two sisters, but I don’t have a favorite. They are very different people and each comes with their own special qualities. I have only one granddaughter, so of course she is my favorite. We share a love of critters and photography so we have many favorite moments together.
Do you have a favorite food? I have several. How about a favorite place, mine is generally wherever I happen to be. So what are some of your favorites?

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14 Responses to Picking Favorites

  1. Mike Staton says:

    I enjoy your wildlife photos that you post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors as well as Facebook. And I enjoyed reading this blog post about your favorite close-up encounters with the animals you seek out to photograph.

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    • S. J. Brown says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read this. Glad you enjoyed it. I am so far behind on reading blogs. My hope is to gradually catch up.

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  2. Wranglers says:

    Great, fun post. You are living your dream. I used to tell Dell’s brother he was my favorite brother-in-law (he was my only one), I have 5 sister-in-law. I love animals too. Favorites are hard for me. I love all my experiences. Cher’ley

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    • S. J. Brown says:

      My Mom use to have a favorite son -in-law. Her favorite changed from time to time. Whoever helped her out last was her favorite. The guys thought it was funny.

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  3. I have two favorite places: my recliner that once belonged to my late husband Bill, and my back yard where Bill also enjoyed sitting. I like reading and writing in these places because it makes me feel closer to Bill.

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  4. S. J. Brown says:

    My favorite place changes depending on where I am. There is a refuge near Ohio that is one of my favorite places. I have hiked there with family several times. My granddaughter and I go there to take pictures together. It’s nice when you can connect a special person with a place.

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  5. Doris says:

    I live in my favorite place, but like you, I am pretty happy with where I am most of the time. There is always something to enjoy, no matter where I end up. Loved the photos by the way. Doris

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    • S. J. Brown says:

      Doris, Glad you liked the photos. I think many of us are getting to a place in our lives where we are happy. Maybe it’s walking away from drama, many it’s having more time to enjoy life.

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  6. Barb says:

    Nature does tell a story if you stop to listen. Thanks. Barb

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  7. Mike Staton says:

    Your post reminds me of my days as a reporter in Ohio. Back then I was a Civil War re-enactor. I’d take one of the newspaper’s camera with me when I had a re-enactment and I’d shoot photos, sometimes just for fun, sometimes for a feature story. I also took the camera on regular vacations and weekend outings. I have some fun photos of trips out West (I lived in Ohio then).

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  8. S. J. Brown says:

    Having a camera in your hand is generally a good thing. You get to save memories and share images with everyone.

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  9. Gayle Irwin says:

    I just returned home from a week-plus in Alaska… and there were MANY favorite moments! I’ll be post about them in my upcoming blog. Thanks for sharing your favorites, Sue — I always enjoy your nature photos and thoughts!

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  10. Nancy Jardine says:

    I’d be very hard put to pick any favourite for the same reasons as most of the above commentators. Things can affect me at a particular time for current reasons. I might return to the same spot and see it differently if the mood is changed. I like the mother moose and calf setting best of today’s photos because the riverbed evokes memories of other rivers and streams.

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