One of my current mentors referred me to this quote from Sinclair Lewis an American novelist (among other things)
He who has seen one cathedral ten times has seen something;
he who has seen ten cathedrals once has seen but little;
and he who has spent half an hour in each of a hundred cathedrals has seen nothing at all.
And here we are One Year into Saturday Evening Posts, the humble scrawling and image sharing attempts by Birds as Poetry to add to the web chatter/clatter. 🙂
53 weekly editions that has been a bit of a diversion from the usual birds only, and has looked at a lot of my philosophy for photography and birds in general.
So perhaps there should be streamers and bubbly and party favours all round, but I guess I’m just happy to have achieved the goal I set out with back in October last year.
I was going to do a year in review sort of thing, but decided you as my loyal reader had probably endured enough.
It is interesting to me that the more EE and I go to one location and follow the lives of the birds there, the more we come away with new insights into the activities of the birds in that area. Sinclair may well have been right.
Heathdale Glen Orden Wetlands is about 10 minutes from home, but its an area that I only visit but rarely. It is surrounded on almost all sides by housing development and the small wetlands is really a water retaining basin for the runoff water. But it has one great advantage. Once the ponds become full, the water flows out over the surrounding flat land and creates, at least for a short time, a wonderful rich, muddy, food source for many wading birds and ducks.
A visiting clan of Latham’s Snipe.
Each time I visit I learn a little something.
My goal is to find the birds either feeding or sitting, but given their proclivity to explode out of the grasses, I think I have a lot to learn.
None the less, I managed the other day to get a few that were coming into land in the grasses. Unhelpfully they were landing against the light, but as that is one of my favourite lighting sets for “Drama and Excitement”, I wasn’t all that disappointed.
Thanks for your support the past 12 months, or 53 editions. Hopefully I can make it happen for the next year.