Tonight I went out once again to try to capture beauty at the marsh.
It was blowing a steady 25mph with 30mph gusts and overcast when I got there.
Pretty dull light and I thought, this is pretty sucky!
I hung out for a few hours, as I do, and there were a few breaks;
The muskrat (Marty) put on a show and I scrambled to catch him,
A goose I have been photographing came in with a spectacular landing,
that I missed with my camera.
An eagle flew through the Mew Gull nesting area and that caused a huge stir!
Missed that too.
And the shy Canvas Back Duck pair, very unusual in these parts,
came right up and gave me a great close up show.
Not to mention the Arctic Terns…
When I got home and was uploading the 500 photos I had taken I got an email from a friend,
Frank (FIRIS on flickr)
He said another Flickr friend Sandee’s Mother just died and requested I post a photo for her.
I told Frank I would post my best, but then realized how many I had!
Well I went through them all and I chose the one below as the best.
It is a Canvas Back drake and with (perhaps) the best light so far.
It is ironic too me this event should play out just now,
as I have been trying to get my blog "In The Summer Time" ready to publish recently,
about the loss of my father as a young man.
This blog is dedicated therefore, to Sandee,
and also to all of those of us who feel the loss of a loved one,
whether is be today (Sandee),
a month ago (Sheila, Hurricane Lane),
last year (Earthmother, Nessa, Ring of Light),
or as in my case decades ago.
Here is a toast to seeing beauty, even through the tears of life.
In dedication I offer part of a song;
When the night has been too lonely
and the road has been too long
and you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winterfar beneath the bitter snows
lies the seed
that with the sun’s love
in the spring
becomes the rose
Artist: Bette Midler
If you care to listen to the entire song here is the web address;
From my collection, the wild rose of Alaska
Let’s shed only enough tears so we can see the beauty of the spring, shall we?