Updated: Apr 21
I love my hobby because it lets me off the hook. That phrase popped into my mind unexpectedly. And now, as I turn it over, I discover it’s true. I’m off the hook for a good portion of every day because I am a passionate wildlife photographer.
These are the things I don’t have to worry about:
What to wear I have a uniform for cold days, medium days, and hot days. I just have to make sure I have enough of each item, pants, tshirt, jacket, etc so I always have something clean to put on
When to go out I want to be where I’m going before first light
Where to go I want to go where I know there will be wildlife action
What to bring with me I have gear ready to grab—camera, tripod, tea, snack, mosquito repellant etc.
What my goal for the day is I want to bring back at least a couple of photos that I really like
While I’m out there, I have no worries at all. I drive around or I stand and watch. I admire the scenery, the sky, the mountains. I know that eventually something will fly or walk by. When I come home, I sort through my photos, edit a few.
All these many hours—up to 8 or 9—I am off the hook.
Here is what I worry about when I am NOT in the field or editing my photos in my office.
Responsibilities to family and friends
Responsibilities to my community, to the world
Are my dear ones healthy? Are my friends ok? Will the world survive?
My hobby keeps me sane, in a blissed-out state for most of my waking hours. How lucky am I!
Yesterday, I was standing on a dirt road watching for Short-eared Owls. A car came speeding by and kicked up dust as the sun was setting.
Another "keeper," an owl approaching with the sun shining through his wings.