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    « A simple question | Main | Inner Beauty »

    Time or Patience?

    I’m always a little taken back when I exhibit this photo when the first question most people ask me is how long did it take to get this picture?  Not “nice composition”, “love the color”, or even “are those bluebirds?”  Nope, it’s “how long did it take you to get this picture?”

    The first time I was asked that question I couldn’t figure out exactly what they were asking.  I would respond, “oh, not long, they usually show up pretty much at the same time each day.”  And they would respond, “how do you know that?”  “Well I check on the boxes along the trail often when I know they are getting ready to build their nest,” I would respond.  “Yes, but……” they would respond and then I began to realize the REAL question.  They wanted to know how much time it took to find the bluebird boxes, to notice when the bluebirds became more active in hunting for that perfect box, to knowing when you needed to arrive in order to set up the camera and equipment and wait for just the right moment.  At that point many will shake their heads and respond with either “that takes way too much patience for me” or “I don’t have the patience for that.”

    So a question about time, becomes a response about patience, interesting.  While I don’t want to put words or thoughts in their mouths, I sense their real response is a polite way of saying “boring,” as they disengage to go look at other photos in the exhibit.

    As I write this I am reminded of the words of Nan Merrill written in a 2008 Friends of Silence newsletter.  “To spend time in Nature’s tapestry of Life is like opening an amazing gift…here we can see how we participate in the seasons of our lives…the beauty and wisdom of unity in diversity.  Celebrating, honoring and learning from this Divine Gift…here, peace, harmony, and renewal will be sure to nest in [our] heart.”

    Yes, this is what nature (bluebirds) has done for me!  May it be also with you.

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    Our guest today is Susan Hay from Tennessee.  You can visit her website at...well, at nowhere because she doesn't yet have one.  We might just need to give her a little nudge?  A little birdie told us she has lots of great images!

    Reader Comments (17)

    I'm not sure that all your questioners are politely telling you that it is boring. I have been in a similar position as your questioners, and commented that I don't have the patience, or time, for something. It didn't mean that I was bored, or the subject was boring, it really meant exactly what I was saying. Pressure of running my own business (hands on, every day), caring for my own home and family, and fulfilling other long-term committments, meant that much as I would love to do something new and interesting, I simply did not have the time or patience.

    On the bright side, when I semi-retired I did take up new hobbies, and when I almost fully retired I took up more, including photography. So just think, all your answers to those questions could very easily have lit an idea somewhere, that is just waiting in the background for the days when time is not such an issue. It could be all thanks to you, your photos, and your patient, informative answers.

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Eames

    Oh Susan - what a wonderful image..and thank-you for joining us here today!

    Like you - I enjoy the time I spend seeking out and watching and waiting and looking for that just right capture of the birds. For me - it becomes almost a meditation...and in the process - I've learned so much about the birds I photograph. It becomes less and less about chance and more and more about experience.

    People do ask the oddest questions..don't they?

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

    I find myself a bit wistful, Susan, after reading this and how people like you (and Marcie) are out in Nature, following its rhythms so intimately. I think having a dog to walk helps...and possibly one's own yard? I take walks around our citadel town but really don't stop often enough to smell the roses or watch the birds. The more posts I read like this, the more I am inspired to figure out how I can join the Call of Nature...intimately.

    Thank you so much for joining us today here at V&V. This is pure delight!

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    Beautiful photo. And yes, I do wonder when I see a photo like this or Marcie's birds how such a shot was captured because my own photos are so unplanned and it's only luck that gives me a good one here and there and I don't know how you get to the point of experience that enables you to be more consistent. I more often have my telephoto lense on planning to shoot birds on the river but then thats when the most intriguing bug shows up but I can't change my lens fast enough. Rather than the meditation that Marcie mentions, there is more often a lot of swearing involved.

    Thanks for joining V & V today!

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    “To spend time in Nature’s tapestry of Life is like opening an amazing gift…here we can see how we participate in the seasons of our lives…the beauty and wisdom of unity in diversity. Celebrating, honoring and learning from this Divine Gift…here, peace, harmony, and renewal will be sure to nest in [our] heart.”
    Love this quote and your beautiful image. I'm honored to call you 'friend,' Susan. Thanks for joining us today at Vision and Verb.

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    Such wonderfully encouraging words. Even if I don't have a camera in hand, I enjoy few things as much as watching birds at work and play--and your picture shows why. They are beautiful and fascinating! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful moment.

    Gorgeous image! I know it took lots of patience and knowledge to get this shot and I'm just so happy that you did so we can enjoy it ~ and so happy to meet you here!

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    Oh, this made me smile! Last year I spent several days hiding in the bushes off and on so I could get a picture of the bluebirds nesting in my backyard... I would probably have asked the same question, but out of admiration.

    Spending time in nature, in my garden, watching birds and others critters, is one of my favorite things to do.

    A lovely post and a gorgeous photo!

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    Time is needed, but so is attentiveness. It's quite possible to spend hours in the natural world and not see a thing - just as it's possible to spend a lifetime with another person and never achieve intimacy.

    There are many kinds of knowing, and knowing "about" bluebirds isn't the same as knowing particular bluebirds - their habits, their preferences, their quirks. But given enough time and patience, relationships can develop, and trust. The second thing I do every morning, between making coffee and brushing the cat, is to put food out for my mockingbirds and bluejays. Then, I "whistle them up" - they know the call, and are there in minutes. I can hear them calling as they fly in, and it's completely marvelous.

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

    Wonderful photo. And you are right...the color and composition are breathtaking. And I also agree with Maery Rose. I am a slap-dash-sometimes-lucky photographer...it seem incomprehensible to me to have the patience to find the spot, wait for the moment, and then have the skill, the equipment and the eye to take such a beautiful photo.

    Thanks for joining us and I hope that I your experience of patience will somehow rub off on me.

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMother

    Such a beautiful picture!!! It reminds me a lot of last year's spring when I discovered the nest of a Great Horned Owl's family. I went to watch the little owlets grow up almost every evening. Certainly "boring" in many people's eyes, but for me it was THE adventure of that spring.

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    Wonderful capture. I love to take birdpics myself and to look at bird pics made by others. Especially birds that don't live in my neighborhood, like these ones. Thanks for sharing.

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

    Wonderful post and thanks for sharing today on V&V! The question that drives me crazy is..."What kind of camera did you use to capture that photo!" ARGH! Beautiful capture! Just love to watch those little bluebirds!

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGotham Girl aka Robin

    A beautiful image and I admire your tenacity and patience to watch look and listen and "see" these lovely creatures.

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

    I get the same questions when I show someone a quilt I have made. "How long did that take you? I don't have the patience for that." I explain that it's the process not the product (even though the product is nice at the end) It's something I enjoy doing, it's relaxing, it's fun, it's creative. Unfortunately, the people who ask those questions, don't understand the answers.

    June 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJill F

    The photo ... your words ... and the quote are such a beautiful combination.

    And, if you decide to create a website/blog I'd be happy to offer what I've learned building mine ... a labor of love and hate!

    June 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

    Those blubirds were cetainly worth the wait, they are natures perfection.

    June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

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