|The North Rim at sunset|
As the light fades away from the year 2013, I've been looking back on so many incredible trips taken over the year.
It's a strange feeling. I don't want this year to end because there is still so much to discover! BUT there is so much to look forward to next year! And that makes me smile. The journey never really ends:)
It transforms and is constantly redefined while we are on the road seeking higher knowledge.
Recently, we took a co-worker friend out who wanted to film wildlife with her new camera. That's how it all started for me. "What's that?!"
We had a great time and it was fun to see it all from her beginner's eyes.
Because it's more than just taking a picture. It's listening. Recognizing. Seeing beyond sight. Knowing. While I watched her trying to fix her camera on the target, I remembered.
|My take on the Tree of Souls from the movie Avatar|
|a coyote reminds me that we are all connected together in this life|
|A curious Canada Goose investigates this guy's massive telephoto lens|
|A Great-tailed Grackle shows us his moves|
|The Lewis's Woodpecker stores food away for the winter months ahead|
|Alone with Kathie, we stare beyond the field at the mysterious wonders of Picacho Peak|
"Don't shoot into the light with your camera...not good for your eyes or camera! Don't try to take a pic of an animal or bird with the sun on its' back because it won't turn out. Put your setting to "sports" for those awesome flight shots. Manual focus on the little birds." I am still a teacher at heart. Walking on the trails of the snow-capped Santa Ritas with our new wildlife photographer friend, I remembered so much.
|Lesser Goldfinches play Connect 4. A Pine Siskin joins in their fun.|
As we improve, we grow. As we struggle with various challenges, we hope to overcome. And probably the biggest lesson I have learned this year is to help out others who ask for it. For if it wasn't for a kind hearted soul, I may have never discovered the beauty of this epic birding journey.