Bird of paradise

I had plans for a trip to Hyner View State Park in the hope of a watching a pretty sunrise but the weather was uncooperative. The sun did come out a few hours later however. The farm was quiet. I had been thinking it would be something of a challenge to construct a cairn in the backyard under the bird feeders. Perhaps some seed might entice one of the bolder visitors to investigate. It was worth a try. As soon as I finished chores I got hold of a wheelbarrow and made for the hedgerow. Our property line to the east is made, in part, of field stone. The pile is three to four feet high, ten to fifteen feet wide, and perhaps 500 yards long. This immense pile was constructed stone by stone, as each was revealed by the plow. I have often wondered how many years it took to construct. Such a lot of work, such dedication, perseverance, and patience. I collected as many rocks as my conveyance would hold and which I would still be able to control on the slope down to the house. The cairn I built was quickly toppled by the wind. The rebuilt structure still stands outside the kitchen window as I write. I put the D600 on a tripod and used an infrared remote to trip the shutter from the corner of the house. It was coincidence that Joanna and I had just finished watching the Jungles episode which is part of the BBC series, Planet Earth.  At its conclusion there was a featurette which described the filming of Borneo’s famous Birds of Paradise. In particular, and in the light of the half hour I spent clicking away with the remote to get the shot below, I was struck by the dedication of certain wildlife photographers. The videographer who successfully captured the mating behaviors of the three birds presented in the episode spent more than two weeks, alone, in a blind to capture the behaviors presented. Such dedication, perseverance, and patience.


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