Moments in Time

I’ve been spending a lot of time watching and photographing birds lately, just not enough. But I’m working on that.

On the surface of it, the two pastimes might seem pretty much the same, but as with most things, it gets more complicated the more you think about it. Watching birds in a purposeful way is a solitary pleasure even when you’re not alone. It’s like Zen but with binoculars–an appreciation of the fleeting moment, the now. A photograph, on the other hand, freezes the moment forever, or at least until your hard drive crashes, and unless you’re mysterious about it, the whole point of taking pictures is to share them with other people.

One is relaxing and peaceful. The other one can be frustrating, even infuriating, but also very rewarding as long as you stick it out long enough. I’m guessing you know which is which. They are of course related, but also completely different. Turns out I like them both.

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17 Responses to Moments in Time

  1. Val Nielsen November 5, 2020 at 06:01 #

    Thanks for the bird photos, Mike. They brightened my day. You captured some great motion and texture. Tell us where you were when you took them and if you know the species. Again, thanks for the post.


    • Mike Randolph November 5, 2020 at 12:17 #

      Thanks for your comment, Val. All of them were taken in the Casa de Campo on the western edge of Madrid, except the first one, which was taken in the sierra north of Madrid. From top to bottom and in English and Spanish, the species are: robin (petirrojo europeo), red-legged partridge (perdiz roja), nuthatch (trepador azul), great spotted woodpecker (pico picapino), blue tit (herrerillo común), crested tit (herrerillo capuchino), Euroasian blackbird (mirlo común).

  2. Julvic November 5, 2020 at 08:03 #

    I can only imaging the feeling you must have experienced in taking these photos of incredibly beautiful creatures roaming freely in their element especially now in these pandemic days we are living in Thank you for sharing.

    (Sorry Mike the birds are so cute that fade away your excellent photographic skills)

    • Mike Randolph November 5, 2020 at 12:18 #

      Thank you. Yes, to be out in nature is always good, but nowadays in particular.

  3. Ben Curtis November 5, 2020 at 09:07 #

    Beautiful images Mike, so happy to see more of the latest shots!

  4. Audrey Peters November 5, 2020 at 11:44 #

    These are beautiful. I can’t decide which is my favorite. The little blue bird that looks so serious or the robin taking flight. What a lovely set of pictures.

    • Mike Randolph November 5, 2020 at 12:21 #

      Thanks Audrey. Interesting that you think he looks serious. I think he looks surprised. Who knows? A fun new take on the Rorschach test perhaps!

  5. Diana Torres November 5, 2020 at 14:20 #

    ¡Qué fotos tan hermosas! Mil gracias.

  6. Mike Booth Haines November 5, 2020 at 16:49 #

    Thanks for these photos, Mike. Please keep on doing what you’re doing.

  7. Denise November 12, 2020 at 18:49 #

    Thank you for posting these. It´s especially uplifting during the current circumstances. 🙂

    • Mike Randolph November 12, 2020 at 18:56 #

      Thanks Denise. These nature walks I’ve been talking have been wonderfully uplifting so I’m very happy to pass it along. 🙂

  8. Denise Egidio March 6, 2021 at 17:40 #

    Maybe you can try this contest?

  9. Kinloch MacGregor March 11, 2021 at 19:26 #

    I love birds, everything about them, and over the years I’ve tried to get half decent photographs of them. I’ve managed to get a few that I like to go back to once in a while but they’re all of sparrows! All of this to say I know what it takes! Thank you for sharing not only your very cool pics but the effort it takes to get them!

    • Mike Randolph March 13, 2021 at 11:46 #

      Thank you Kinloch. Nice to see you around here. You’ve been missed! Happy birding. 🙂

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