12 hours ago
i’m taking a page out of the amazing @chrisburkard’s book and telling a little story along with these seemingly unremarkable photos of hawks.
this weekend my wonderful little guy turned 3 years old. he is a gentle soul, shy, polite, curious, smart, kind, and more. he and his little sister are both used to seeing me behind the camera all the time taking photos of them, but i had been thinking lately that i would love to start introducing him to nature and the outdoors and showing him some of the other things i love to photograph.
earlier today i took him for a walk around our house and we looked for birds on the trees. i would zoom in with my telephoto lens and show him the live view on the screen so he could see the birds. he found it a little amusing and as we walked to the playground down the street he kept saying he was looking for birdies in the trees for me.
at the playground, he went up and down the jungle gym and the slide for a long time having a blast. then, he ran pointing behind me and said “dada, there’s birdies there! take a picture of them!” i turned around and above us there were two hawks circling the sky. i smiled and swung my camera around and took a few shots. i looked at him just standing there staring at the hawks for a few moments before he ran back to the slide and resumed playing. in that fleeting moment my heart filled with joy, to see him so excited about something he knew made me happy and that he was, even for just that half an hour, invested in it for me.
i hope that today i planted a seed for a life-long love of nature, and i cannot wait to take him and his sister on more outdoor adventures with me.
i leave you with ben’s hawks.