Alone at dusk I seek a lofty perch
A place to watch and rest ‘til dawn
When light flashes my humble birch
All hope of slumber’s now forgone.
I turn and stare at this rude stranger
Whose interruption puts most to flight
Yet my roost keeps me from danger
So I observe these creatures of the night.
Two humans wade through the bracken
Black objects held before their face
I wonder if their senses are a-lackin’
Wandering through this wild place.
They must not know what lies ahead
The snake, the gator; a poisonwood tree
Or they would choose a walk by day instead
Rather than a nocturnal wilderness spree.
Look! Now the objects light me up anew
Such bizarre behavior I am lost to explain
With a smile and a nod it seems they’re through
Guess they captured what they came to attain.
Note: This beautiful osprey put up with us while I fired my Better Beamer assisted flash at him. He is a resident of Florida’s eastern Everglades and a most patient one at that.
What an excellent capture
I’m glad you liked it. I couldn’t see a thing through my viewfinder, so it was a matter of shooting in the right direction and depending on my auto focus and flash to find the bird.
Thank you, Gerald. I thoroughly enjoy your poetry.
I’ve been thinking of getting a Better Beamer myself. This shot is amazing. Interesting that he didn’t mind the flash. Glad you avoided the other nocturnal creatures of the night. 🙂
I like my Better Beamer. I don’t use it often, but it’s great for long shots when you need more fill light. Thanks for your comment.
Thank you. I enjoy your blog. You try so many things and seem to have so much fun with your photography. I particularly enjoyed your photo of California County Park–such beautiful blues in the sky and water and oh, those orange leaves…