Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Elusive Goldfinches

Goldfinches flit and flutter. They zip in and around the red bush in our backyard. In the spring, I tucked some finch feeders in the bush beside our back porch. Several times, I've relaxed in my Adirondack chair camera in hand, in hopes I would capture these acrobatic little birds on film. 

Male and female both eat from the feeders, along with house finches. They seem to enjoy hopping around from branch to branch on the bush. Do they do this when I'm out with my camera? Nope. But when I'm sitting on the porch talking on the phone, here they come.

Do they feel safe when my focus is away from them?  Maybe. But I'm determined to try from time to time to photograph them. Today they came by for a moment, buried in the shadows of leaves. I snapped a few pics, nothing stellar. But maybe, just maybe, they're getting more comfortable with me. I can hope!

Do you have something you're determined to do? A dream to fulfill? A goal to reach? I'd love to hear about it.

One thing is certain, and I have always known it - the joys of my life have nothing to do with age. They do not change. Flowers, the morning and evening light, music, poetry, silence, the goldfinches darting about. -May Sarton

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