Bewick's Wren Singing, Photo by Steve Kaye

From Nothing to Something

From Nothing to Something


Bewick's Wren Singing, Photo by Steve Kaye, in post: From Nothing to Something

Bewick’s Wren


This morning went from nothing to something.

After an hour I had taken only 20 photos, most of which were test photos, experimenting with camera settings.

I’ll admit that I was beginning to feel discouraged. After visiting each of my hot spots, I had found no birds.

Then suddenly, a Bewick’s Wren landed on a nearby branch and began singing.

Click. (Thank you)

Then just as suddenly, it flew away.

This illustrates an important point in bird photography: There is always something.

We just need to keep going until we find it.

Or, as often happens, until it finds us.

We might call that being lucky.

Which brings us to an even more important point: We increase our chances of good luck finding us when we are working to find it.

Much success,

Steve Kaye


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3 Comments
  • Beth Kingsley Hawkins
    Posted at 09:56h, 02 February

    Do you know the quote from Minor White, “Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.” ? I love that quote. Feels like you will relate to it!. 🙂 Beth

  • Susan Bulger
    Posted at 20:19h, 10 February

    Bewick’s wrens do not hold still for very long. This is a wonderful photo and chance to really see the bird’s markings.

  • Russ
    Posted at 22:16h, 10 February

    I think it was in ‘Under Siege 2’ that one of the bad guys say’s “Fortune favors the prepared mind”. Which is essentially your point, but without the mayhem. Be at the right place and time, and be ready. None of that is an accident, or ‘lucky’. It’s doing your homework and bringing home the bacon. Good shooting as always, Steve. That’s a beautiful wren.

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