Monday, February 23, 2009

So It Goes

I'm looking out the window and it's pouring down rain. Out on the bay surfers are lined up waiting for turns to ride the stormy waves. The pelicans have returned. Schools of something silvery must be running just below the surface in that world we can't see. Out of this sea, dolphins surface. One after the other. I watch them. Even the surfers give up riding the waves to sit on their boards and watch them. The dolphins are rising up and diving down again just before the break.

I grab the camera, but have already learned that there is no way to anticipate where a dolphin will come up out of the water. I don't even try to get a still shot, instead I turn on the little video function and shoot at the waves for ten seconds. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Well okay then. I turn the camera off and go back to whatever it was that I was doing before the rain and dolphins caught my eye.

Later in the day a hawk scares a few birds quickly out of the trees. Then, it flies straight onto fence railing in the yard. Wow, what a great shot, I think. It sits there for a second, then another. I grab the camera, zoom in and try to focus. It won't focus. Oh damn. The camera is still set for video.

So it goes.

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