Lucky Shot

I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record. I’m a huge advocate of taking your camera with you…everywhere.

I drag mine through airports, take it on business trips, pack it into work everyday, and throw it in the jeep when I head to the grocery store. You just never know when you might get lucky and get a shot that teaches you something that you never knew.

You might learn that…

20130119-110855.jpg…There’s something hiding in the tall grass…

20130119-111019.jpg…Marmots have buck teeth…

20130119-111035.jpg…Some chickens can bend metal with just the power of their minds…

20130119-111047.jpg…Prairie dogs love to play tiny green harmonicas…

20130119-111058.jpg…African parrots not only copy voices, they do movie impressions too – this Linda Blair from the Exorcist…

20130119-111137.jpg…Woodpeckers have really long tongues…

20130119-111154.jpg…Hummingbird tongues are even longer…

20130119-111214.jpg…Squirrels like to sit on tiny benches…

20130119-111228.jpg…Canaries can be wistful…

20130119-111301.jpg…Deer can be kind if vain…

20130119-111314.jpg…Titmice like to hang out…

20130119-111340.jpg…Someone is watching you…

20130119-111408.jpg…Chickadees can be intimidating…

It’s great to tell stories about the wonderful things you see every day, but a picture says so much better!

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47 thoughts on “Lucky Shot

  1. Beautiful shots! Great captions, so insightful! It’s like you see into their little hearts! I keep my camera in the car, close at hand too. You wouldn’t believe the odd places I’ve found cemeteries.

    • Thanks – I bet you find them all over the place – here they are in all the hills and hollows and churchyards. I found a very small one in the woods hiking, looked like it was from the turn of the 20th century.

  2. Wow! I didn’t know chickens could bend metal with the power of their minds… I’m going to have to watch (out for) them in the future! 🙂 Brilliant post! (And I see that I’m not the only one thinking of the Exorcist lately…!

  3. I agree wholeheartedly, Lorri. The only place I don’t take mine is on the bus to the food market. I took mine on a long country drive yesterday when my SIL invited me to keep her company on a long drive down to the south west of Melbourne.

    I even took some shots while we were driving at 100kms down the freeway.

    Love this series of images in this post, especially those cute little prairie dogs & squirrels.

    That last image with the outstretched wings framing the 2 chickadees is very special – great capture.

    • That last one is the “lucky shot” for sure. I didn’t even see the chickadee when I was focussing – snap and he was there. I actually do carry mine to the grocery – most of the white tail deer shots I have made were taken on the way home from the store 🙂

  4. Beautiful, and I agree with everyone above, these aren’t lucky shots, they’re the product of a skilled artist 🙂
    Also, is it wrong that I never knew birds have tongues? 😮

  5. One should never be without it.. so many times I see the most fantastic things, without the camera being with me… your captures are a testament as to why we should have it in our hand at all times… magnificent captures absolutely outstanding…

    • Thanks so much Bulldog. I was in Dallas yesterday shooting blackbirds in a parking lot. There are amazing things everywhere, and I feel lost without my camera there to document it!

  6. This is a beautiful series, and there is so much more than luck here. There is also great skill and a fantastic eye to go with the luck and the camera you carry around. 🙂 (I carry mine everywhere too.)

  7. I once tried to rehabilitate a baby woodpecker. In the end, it killed itself by stabbing itself in the head with that indeed…..very long tongue. Didn’t like being caged I suppose. Lol, just had to tell you that!

  8. You know, even if I carried a camera with me everywhere, I could not get shots like this. Because, well first I need a good camera. Second I need to go someplace! Third, I need to be good at it. 😉
    Wonderful shots!

    • LOL – thanks. You know I shot a lot of these at home. Shoot what you have, even if its your phone. I guarantee if you shoot 10 shots a day for a month you will see growth and you will look at images differently

    • Thanks Elyse, yes that’s a bull elk – odd how elk are cows and bulls when most antelope are does and bucks. He was a monster – the grass was probably 6 feet deep in that spot.

      • But I don’t consider you a lucky photographer — you’re a smart one. And one who brings along her camera. I’m forever out seeing wonderful things — especially when we’re in Maine — and trying to get a snap of it with my iPhone. Just not the same. Last summer, an eagle flew 15 feet above me with a fish in his talons…I only have the picture in my head!

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