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Having a backyard refuge has been great for me to practice with my new camera lenses. With new equipment and technology, I am learning the different features and how to improve my photography. It’s pretty amazing how much camera equipment has improved and changed compared to when I initially was in college developing my photographs in a dark room.

This Dark-eyed Junco bird is pretty interesting in this series of positions. Initially, he looks content on top. Then he takes a peak downward. He moves towards being further downward. Finally, he leaps out and downward from the fence to his destination. He looks like he surveyed out his route as he looked outward at his prospective route. As he leaps out, he initially did not spread his wings, but he had to get his wings going to fly.

Taking a leap is a hard to do. It requires faith, strength and courage. Notice this bird does peer over before taking the leap. An important lesson before leaping into a new venture is to preview the scenarios which could result after taking a plunge. In the 2 pictures, the bird takes a couple of positions leaning forward to look before actually leaping. So trying to browse, imagine and plan are great steps for preparation. Unfortunately, Murphy’s Law is pretty inevitable with something unexpected happening. But that is just how life works. Did any of us ever expect to be sheltering in place during a pandemic? We are learning how to roll with life changes.

Exploring my photography groove in my backyard was something I planned but never thought would be a reality. There are obstacles which are interrupting my quiet refuge. For example, I was wondering if a cat visitor was scaring away the hummingbirds.  So I was wondering what may be scaring the hummingbirds. It could be noises from construction, sirens from first responders, loud passing vehicles, aircraft flying overhead, or other normal city sounds in our neighborhood that could be keeping my bird friends away. I am just learning to roll with these changes and adjust things in the backyard to see if the birds will return more often.

I’ve learned that I needed a little push from my wife and others in my life to start this journey. I also ponder to plan my next move in my strategy to improve my photography. I do not regret taking leaps into the unknown. It is scary, and I still do not know where I will land or what my accomplishments will be. But I will never know the outcome unless I pursue the jumps.

My photographs constantly encourage and provide lessons to me about life. I hope they will also give my small audience ideas and hope about upcoming journeys.

Photos help us take leaps!