My most difficult subject to find and capture in pixel form.
Thursday I received a call from a gentleman that introduced himself as an attorney. Holy Crap! Have you ever wondered why even with a clear conscience a call from an attorney inspires fear and self doubt. Immediately he identified himself as an attorney for my employer. And that he had a photographic question for me. Ok. I hope he has about an hour. Get me talking about photography and there is no end to my enthusiasm. In no time I met my match. Though I had never met him before we were soul photography mates. He loves wildlife photography. Ok now we really clicked. His question revolved around a purchase decision between two long lenses by Nikon. Anybody that knows me knows that I have an opinion about everything. Especially photography. Quickly I poured out my photographic souls as to why one of the two lenses was the better choice. Then we started to talk about photography in general. And he mentioned he shoots Owls. My bird nemesis. Owls avoid me like the winning lottery. With enthusiasm he mapped out several locations where I MAY find owls. There was a slight caveat…. he had not been to the locations for a month or two.
Let’s see Thursday morning, Antelope island was one of the locations, it was going to be a very long day waiting to get out there and check out the sites. Went out late and was skunked. Went out very early Friday morning and was skunked again. Went back Friday afternoon. At the ranch on the island a volunteer worker said they had a barn owl in the Silo at the Ranch. Christmas! My heart was racing. No owl at the silo. Only an hour earlier a group was watching it. My money says the spooked it out. Oh well. I’ll keep looking.
At the island there is an opportunity to always shoot buffalo. pronghorn, birds of all kinds and other critters. In an hours time before I had to get home I found these friends and capture them so my time there wasn’t a waste…..