There is a first time for everything. The first time most of us rode a bike without training wheels, we fell. That very first cup of coffee tasted bitter to a lot of us. Some people remember their first time experiences from long ago, others do not.
I have had some interesting firsts as a wildlife photographer. The first time I saw a male moose in the wild I didn’t get the shot, but in my defense it was 4 am and pitch black out.
The first time I saw wolf in the wild I was in Minnesota. Jay and I had just finished lunch and were heading to a nearby refuge. As he drove Jay began yelling “Wolf, Wolf”. Silly me I was wondering why he was barking. As he brought the truck to a stop I realized he was pointing at a wolf on the edge of a nearby field. No I didn’t get a shot of him before he disappeared.
You might think you are seeing a pattern here, but the first time I saw an alligator in the wild I got the shot.
When Jay and I were in South Dakota I saw Big Horn sheep for the first time and got some nice shots.
I have had other firsts because I am in the field photographing wildlife. I still remember the first time I held a wild duck. I was banning ducks with the refuge staff in Minnesota; Yes I had a few firsts on that trip.
The first time I went to a writers conference I had more than one first. Before going to the conference I filled out my first grant application, and I got my first grant. This was also the first time I attended a workshop on character development, and sat in on a panel discussion about publishing.
Yes I took some time to hang out with the local critters while I was there.
The first time I exhibited my work to the public led to my first published manuscript. Keeping your life filled with firsts keeps it interesting, and fun. Now it is time for you to go out and experience a few firsts of your own.
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