I had the nicest weekend. We really took some time completely off to enjoy being out on the water, searching for wildlife, meeting new people down at the marina and up and down the Seneca River out to Cross Lake and beyond. We saw our best friends and sat around a campfire talking and we had a lovely family get together on the fourth of July. Central New York is an especially beautiful place this time of year. I'm storing up the memories of sunshine and warmth for those difficult winter months when we all seem to go into hibernation with these creatures I am photographing daily. Feeling such peace lately though... it's been so nice. I woke up to rain this morning and all those things we left undone so we could play for awhile ended up getting done as the rain fell outside. It's good to ditch the guilt and just enjoy the passage of time. I think our balance between working and playing was so off and it is beginning to even out again.
I sat for a long time with this Great Blue Heron. He found his way into a perfect photographic spot and it was breathtaking. There are times I look through the viewfinder and it's so amazing because everything else drops away and it is just me, my camera and my subject. It's such a cool feeling and it doesn't happen all the time. When it does, I truly relish it. I watched him fish, and fly, and he even posed for me for quite awhile.;-) I'll cherish the day. It was one of those perfect ones you hang onto in your mind and revisit often... in a weekend to remember.