Just So


Ring Billed Gull

If I could just walk softly and carry a long lens camera,
I might get better shots and also not spook my subject.


 If I just knew the names of all the birds,
I wouldn't be telling folks I thought I saw a dark-eyed Junco,
but it was just a sparrow, when it wasn't a sparrow at all.


If I could just see the forest for all the trees, I might wouldn't be 
mad at myself for a dumb green pole juxtaposed by the tree in the middle of my photo. 

and if you have a few minutes to spare
 here's just a link
to a beautiful poem about a dog named Beau
read by Jimmy Stewart on the Johnny Carson show. 

48 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed the poem very well read but sad. Great fence in the last shot.

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  2. I usually have the opposite problem. I always have my longer lens on and need the short one!

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  3. I had just a few minutes to spare, and had tears at the end, it was so like our cats who have gone, they did the same, a stare into my face, a snuggle between us on the bed, a game at night, and anyone who has had a loved animal once with you and now gone, as you and I and many others have, we feel the essence of those words. Hugs to you, specially today, Jean.

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  4. If we could all just be perfect... what a boring world it would be! It is the imperfections which create true beauty.

    Guess you'll just have to carry on being perfectly imperfect, thank goodness!

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  5. I really love all the pictures that you capture. I think you do a great job!
    Thanks for the link too... I sure liked that Jimmy Stewart.

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  6. Cute post, Terri! I like the gull and Junco.. Great fence shot... Have a happy Thursday!

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  7. I love that poem. I have to say I did not even notice the pole:) Hug B

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  8. Looks like a great fence on a walking trail. Pole or no pole. :-)

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  9. The Forest capture is quite beautiful Terri
    I adored Jimmy Stewart , the story about dog was lovely and sad.

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  10. Thank you for the poem link. I cried. Love your shots, especially the fence despite the pole.

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  11. I love all your photos and that pole didn't distract at all. :)

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  12. You made me smile with your comments, especially about the green pole in the middle of your photo. I usually have some unusual object where I don't want it, like telephone wires for instance! Great pictures.

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  13. love the Junco ... i always for some reason think they remind me of Eskimos ... not sure why? but they do. maybe penguins. ( :

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  14. I like that fence picture even with the pole in the middle of it :)
    Have a fine day
    【ツ】Knipsa

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  15. I remember that poem too. Loved that guy. And your birds are gorgeous. Hope you are doing well!

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  16. Good birdie photos - and I like that wood fence a lot.

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  17. I know the pole is bothersome, but it is still a nice fence.. what ever the bird, it is cute and i only know the names of maybe 4 birds..i lvoe your humor today, smiled all the way through.

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  18. Lovin' this!!!

    Love the poetry you shared also...but your photos are stunning. A nice quiet atmosphere you've created today.

    Sorry that I'm slow getting around to paying you a visit since you shared your link at I'd Rather B Birdin'....we've had some family health crisis as I posted on my personal blog [ Here ] and today I'm hoping you'd allow me this belated thank you for participating at the Bird D'Pot!!

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  19. you're so cute. :) i like your sweet junco and your green pole 'hiding' against the tree and the good rick-rack fence, too!

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  20. Wonderful post for J and beautiful photography and sometimes 'poles' are just part of a good composition photo ~

    Happy Weekend coming to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  21. Good Morning Terri! We just left gulls and their funny selves in Florida! Nice to see one on your blog! That pink beaked guy is a junco????????

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  22. creative post! love the shot of the birdie...

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  23. I like your photos just the way they are! Lovely post.

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  24. Too bad that fence distracts from that beautiful green pole. Ha! See? You can't please everybody.

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  25. Part of our photographic journey is learning from our mistakes, and evolving from our successes. Next time, you will see that pole and move it out of your line of sight...and you will be able to stalk the bird to a closer shot...it's all part of learning...

    I have the hardest time figuring out what bird is what....I personally think that they keep changing their look to confuse me..LOL.

    Jen

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  26. Poles are the worst for jumping in my photos. I remember that poem, and I'm skipping it for now. Don't need any crying right now.

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  27. Thanks for sharing these beautiful birds and sturdy fence!

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  28. ;Your pictures always make me wish I took photography more seriously. Your missteps are better than my best shots.
    I had a few minutes and enjoyed the lighthearted start to his poem, but the end had me reaching for the hanky. Always loved that guy.

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  29. I like your photos, especially the gull in flight. I bet he thought it would make a nice photo for you.
    In Photoshop, you could probably erase that green pole.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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  30. Juncos are one of my favorites, but they aren't regulars here. Nice shot!

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  31. I see no fault with your shots. Very well done.

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  32. I do love how you share what you see - the way you see it.

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  33. Have you read The Power of a Dog by Rudyard Kipling: http://www.bartleby.com/364/335.html

    And there is another by him but for the life of me I cannot think of the title...both are tear jerkers.

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  34. Oh, the other poem is His apologies: http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/his_apologies.html

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  35. We all have the same problems. I haven't learned all the birds here....and never will! But someone always asks what they are so I try to look them up. And the pole....I didn't even notice! lol Hugs!

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  36. Looks like a great place to take photos! I loved the poem!

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  37. I liked your middle picture of the bird. Yeah, I wish I had a longer lens too.

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  38. Hah, my photography world is full of "if onlys". But I usually do better next time. I enjoyed your post and how you express yourself.

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  39. If only I could take photos like yours. These are great.

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  40. You got some really neat photos Terri, I think they're great.

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  41. Too funny and too true, Terri!
    You just naturally filtered out that pole and see the beyond to the forest and trees!!
    I'm always doing that when I take people pictures - I'm looking at the person and their face and don't notice the tree sticking out from their head or TV dish over their shoulder. I've discovered photo shop for those pictures that I can't retake and want to keep!!
    Your fence and trees are awesome !!! What pole :-}}}

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  42. Hello Terri, just stopping back to say thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  43. hehehe, you should get a bird book, they are so fun to have and great for I.d.'ing birds!! The junco's are gorgeous in the snow!!

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