I love to photograph my dogs but I cannot possibly live with one of every breed of dog that I like. So to fulfill my desire to photograph more breeds of dogs than just the ones that I am lucky enough to live my life with I keep my eyes open for opportunities to photograph other dogs. I may not be out looking specifically to photograph dogs but if I see one while I am out I may stop and photograph it quickly if the opportunity presents itself. I have photographed dogs at local parks that I have happened to come across. I have photographed dogs while on vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine. Some of which were on vacation themselves. I have even stopped my car while driving down the road and rolled down my window to photograph a dog that was walking down a local street alone as it passed by me.
When I used to think about agility compatitions I generally thought of border collies and austrailian shepherds and similar dogs participating in these competitions. To my surprise I saw all types of dogs competing and enjoying it. There were Dalmatians, Collies, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweiler, as well as Australian Sheppard’s among others competing. It was quite a variety. I could go on and on about dogs and dog shows but I won’t for now. Perhaps in another post.
Today has been a different kind of day for me. Different but in a good way. I live in upstate NY where for the first time all winter we are getting a significant snow storm. I personally love the snow and do not have much problem dealing with it. However, I have a one hour commute each way to and from work. So I decided that it was not worth the risk to make that drive in the bad weather. At first I felt guilty. But I decided to make the best of it.
I got my gear together and I went outside and photographed the birds in my backyard in the snow. I was quite fortunate. There were many birds around today. I wasn’t sure if there would be a lot out or if they would be taking shelter from the storm. I was able to photograph black capped chickadees, tufted titmice, dark eyed juncos, white breasted nuthatches, and what are quickly becoming one of my favorite little buffers red breasted nuthatches. I have become fond of the red breasted nuthatch because I had already been fond of the white breasted nuthatches and the red breasted variety seldom showed up in my yard. This winter however I have been seeing them on a fairly regular basis and got my first photograph of one this year. I was able to get quite a few shots that I think are quite nice today.
Today as I was watching the birds and waiting for a good shot I thought to myself I don’t think I have ever seen more than one red breasted nuthatch in my yard at a time. I didn’t really believe that there was only one that came to my feeders, but it lingered in my mind as a remote possibility. Shortly after that train of thought had run its course through my mind lo and behold there were two red breasted nut hatches in the very tree I was standing in front of. I certainly don’t know why there were two on this day and not on others. Perhaps it was due to the snow storm and one that was farther away was attracted to my feeder instead of foraging. I will never know, but I was very excited and fortunate. I love to see the birds interact with each other especially same species birds. This was my first opportunity to see interactions between two red breasted nuthatches. I hope to continue to be so lucky.
While most of my photography centers around wildlife and nature I also love to photograph dogs. I love dogs. They are one of the passions in my life. I have five wonderful furry companions that my wife and I share our lives with. They are amazing creatures. They each have their own personality. They each have their own quirks. There is no normal with my dogs. They each have some oddity about them. I greatly enjoy photographing them and I have been able to create some amazing images of them. They each respond differently to my attempts to photograph them. I simply watch them as they roam our yard and wait until I see something that I find interesting or that I think will make a nice image. I try to get the dogs to ignore me. I just move around the yard to get the light right and the right composition.
This photo of a common merganser was taken at a stream near where I worked in Ithaca, NY. I was out for a walk on my lunch and spotted her. While I was watching her she got up off the rock she was sitting on and jumped into the water. I was fortunate enough to capture this image.
In regards to my previous post. I did hear back from the individual on Twitter that I was concerned I made upset. He was fine with what I had sent him.
So I guess, no harm no foul. But, I have learned a valuable lesson. It may be best practice to ask an individual if they would like to see something before sending it to them. Especially if it is potentially upsetting content.
I have also learned that it is easy to have a miscommunication when you cannot see or hear the person. Simply reading the words and punctuation leaves room for a lot of interpretation.
We can easily add our own context to someone elses type. I know that from here on out I will exercise more caution when sharing information directly with one individual, simply to avoid the potential for a possible incident.
Social media is a constant learning experience. I plan to learn from my missteps. Even though this interaction did not actually result in any negative consequences I still consider it an error in judgement from which I have gained invaluable insight. Hopefully others can learn from my mistake as well.