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!