Voyeur in Central Park

Don’t worry, it’s only natural….

A quick walk in Central Park.  Lots of families strewn across the lawns.  Dogs meandering by their human packs.  Artists line the walkway, while Musician’s are heard further down the trail.  Balloons signaling the party is over here, as children gather for the merrymaking.  A Mommy-N-Me class was in progress over there – only it was all men – including the teacher.DSC_6986

Frank and I never seem to get very far in this park. There is always something going on to warrant a pause.

Despite all the human interactions, the first thing to catch my attention is always nature. If it’s not a ‘domesticated’ squirrels wooing me, it’s a tree, or a fine feathered friend sitting in that tree.

Seeing a photographer in wild pursuit totally caught my attention. His lens had a target in its sight, of course I had to see what was so intriguing.  From the tree top ‘Mrs. Hawk’ peered back at us, looking down on the silly humans as only she could. Grandiose talons wrapped around a bending branch, her weight too much to bear.  Ill at ease, and fidgeting from the lack of support, she swooped to a neighboring tree… bringing to light another hawk!  A fledgling!  They called to each other, betwixt ruffled feathers and swaying perches. The branches would just not cooperate with their weight.  

As the branch betrayed them, off they flew… and off the photographer chased…

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As for me. Well… I guess you could say, I got lucky in Central Park. 😉
I don’t know what it is that excites me so being behind the camera. The hunt – sans blood and finality?  The pause I must embrace – as I stand true to my position in an exercise of patience? The thrill to have captured a concrete image of what my eye/I see’s – or better?  Or to know that I can revisit or share that keepsake nugget?!

 

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