Sunday, November 2, 2014
Sharp eye development
One of my memories as a kid growing up in Northern Wisconsin is my dad being able to pick out a deer moving through the woods while we are driving down the road at 50+ miles an hour. I'm sure those abilities came with him being a deer hunter, boredom while driving the miles of countryside roads, and just a natural development of looking for wildlife. Back in the day, you HAD to look for deer since they weren't as numerous as today and the roads were not as wide as today, therefore, it was a matter of avoiding an accident with the four legged creature. I was always amazed when he would point them out standing in the edge of the thicket along the roads. These days, especially since I started my photography journey, I have gotten quite good at it myself. Sometimes deer, but often times Herons, Egrets, Hawks, and other small game. Its always satisfying to spot these creatures when no one else around you does. But, that is changing. With all the times I've pointed said creatures out to my son, the tables are reversing. While heading out to bring my son to school the other morning, he says, "Look dad" and points ahead. I'm not seeing what he is seeing so he reemphasizes and points again. Still not seeing what he does, he finally says "Look. A hawk in that tree." Sure enough, straight ahead just above eye level was a young hawk staring back. I pulled over and told him it was worth being late for school to get some shots of this guy. He, of course, agreed. As I struggle to get my gear out, the hawk takes flight and swoops over my van, about 10" above the hood enroute to try and snag a young black squirrel(yeah, how about that, an actual black squirrel). He missed, but landed on a fence to wait for another chance. That chance never came as he sat there for what seemed an eternity. Even with me stepping closer and closer, snapping multiple shots with each step.. Eventually, again, a reversal of the norm, I got tired of shooting shots and decided to get my kid to the education system he needs while the hawk continues to sit there and check out his surroundings. I got great shots, but the best part is knowing that the kid is always watching and learning from the old man even when you think he's not. Wait a second. That might not be a good thing come to think about it.