I had never captured a great picture of a Green Heron in flight. I had good pictures of Green Herons just standing around. And I know a spot where they occasionally fly by, but I had never gotten the shot.
I've talked about my lack of patience in the I Hate Tripods post
And it's this lack of patience that had prevented me from getting the shot I so desired.
Well, this time I was determined!
I decided I would dedicate an entire day to it if necessary. So I grabbed my gear, drove to the lake, walked to the location, set up my tripod, and I waited.
Now, when it comes to standing around waiting, I'm not very good at it.
I'm like the child playing outfield during a practice T-ball game.
Spin around looking at the sky.
Put my glove on my head.
Look at the flowers.
Try to find a four leaf clover.
Chase a bug.
And maybe a little song and dance....
But this was serious! And I was serious, so I was good.
I stayed focused. I didn't chase any bugs. I didn't do anything but wait for the heron to fly by.
After about an hour I kind of broke down a little......
but it was just a little dance.
And I stayed on post ALL DAMN DAY!
Then, after about 3 hours, my cell phone rang. Thank god, a distraction! Besides, you can't ignore the cell phone if you are supposed to be doing something else...
"Hi honey. Yes, I'll be home for dinner on time. I'll be leaving the office at the normal time."
And right then the Green Heron flew by. A beautiful specimen, at a good range, nice and slow with great lighting.....
And I was like the child playing outfield chasing a bug. Completely unprepared when the ball came to me.
I jumped, I fumbled around, and I completely missed the shot......
So I waited the rest of the entire damn day. And after an hour or so I went home for dinner.
Maybe I'll try again some day. But for now, still no great picture of a Green Heron in flight.