Three or four times a week I take a walk in a local park. Along one border of the park is a small stream. Along the stream is a nice buffer zone consisting of trees, shrubs and tall grasses. The buffer zone is an important feature of the landscape. It helps prevent erosion of the stream bank, provides nesting sites for birds and habitat for small creatures like mice, voles, insects, snakes, etc. Erosion control is important to help keep the stream within it’s banks and in keeping the water clear. Clear clean water is important for the survival of the fish, amphibians, crustaceans and other water creatures. With spring approaching, the birds are busy locating and claiming territory. There are three Mockingbirds which seem to have made claims to zones along the stream. I haven’t seen any females yet, but they are sure to be along pretty soon. The bird in the picture is an interesting subject. He has a deformed beak which must make it difficult to pick up food. Despite his deformed beak, he seems to be in good health. God will provide!
The next step. I have been a photographer most of my life. One of my first cameras was an Olympus Quickmatic. It used 126 style film cartridges and had a motor winder. Load the film and the winder would pull all the film onto the take-up spool. Snap a picture and it automatically wound the film for the next shot. when you reached the end of the roll, the film was already wound back into the cartridge. Along with the auto exposure and ability to use flash cubes, it was a pretty cool camera.
Now, like many others, I shoot digital. I use Canon DSLRs and a Nikon point and shoot. Historically, my images have been of the natural world with birds being the most frequent subjects. Lately, I’ve been focusing on people – a whole new experience!