Today was a great day for shooting some wildlife photography. Witnessing nature on a beautiful spring day in Seattle is not only memorable for me, but also makes the creative juices flow.
Juanita Bay Park in Kirkland, WA was my choice for a photo shoot. Along their nature trails, many memories of this park consume my thinking. Lost in the scenery, memories of a time come up of a dear friend who walked often with me here. She died 9 months ago so it was especially poignant sensing her with me along the trails. We would always talk about the particular bird or duck we would see.
Since photography has a way of creating a memory just by its very nature, I thought how interesting would it be for a blogger to also utilize a photo shoot to write a post about either the subjects that may have photographed or even perhaps take the photos to create one’s own fictional story that may have been brought up in the blogger’s mind.One particular blogger Iknow shoots so many nature photos that she does not feel all her pictures make a memory for her. I can understand that. I also talked with another blogger who is photographing Rotterdam’s futuristic new architecture for his viewers. He wants to create a story through those photos, but he is experiencing some writer’s block.
For me, today was important to stress the paradise of this park and all its birds that can be viewed. I am able to create a memory through this photo shoot because I feel something deeper than I can express as I enjoy what all earth’s gifts give to us.
For me I was reminded also of the great late Jim Croce’s song and these lyrics of photographs and memories:
“Photographs and memories
Christmas cards you sent to me
All that I have are these to remember you
Memories that come at night
Take me to another time
Back to a happier day, when I called you mine.”
Perhaps another blogger can take photos like I have here and make a beautiful story with it. I know the creatures would love to know they are being written about. They are important to God so they better be important to us.