My daughter has been begging me to put up a bird feeder for some time now. On our recent trip to Lowes I decided to commit, and purchased a very lovely, and sizeable feeder with a wood bottom, and flip open lid. We installed the feeder upon the post that held our decorative bird house. I say decorative because it didn't house any birds. Maybe because it swung wildly in the wind. At any rate, several days went by, and my daughter was upset because not a single sign of a bird. I had to explain to her that they had to find it, but to be patient....they would come. (Fingers Crossed) Paitence is not something that a 4-year old does very well. :)
So, how long did it take? 4 days. Tuesday we had our first sightings. And today we had what looked like the never ending line at a cruise ship buffet. A beautiful family of finches I do believe. We have spotted a red cardinal, and I'm waiting in hopes of spotting some blue birds or robins. "The card" is an elusive little thing. He appears when I'm least expecting, and disappears faster than I can grab my camera.
But, yes with camera in hand, today I captured a few images.
"The Watch Man"
So who is Bob and why was I channeling him? Bob was my cousin. Robert Andrzejek. One of the greatest Minnesota Wildlife Photographers to ever grace this planet. Last May, my cousin Bob lost his battle with bone cancer. This was a cancer that he got after living many years cancer free from a childhood battle with Hodgkins. I couldn't help but feel Bob's presence with me today as I captured these images in awe of the birds and their movements about the feeder. Bob loved to commune with nature. My biggest dream in nature photography would be to capture a photo of an owl. The owl represents Bob. He loved owls, and since his passing many owls have presented themselves to his wife, Jenn, and other family members. They find peace knowing Bob is free of the evils of cancer.
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