Love is more important than talent

The Trailhead

_DSC0308-1cIn addition to habituating my offspring to the natural world, I’m also here to photograph the Silver River and its inhabitants, including the nonnative monkeys that have made the river their home for the last 85 years. Ordinarily, photography from a canoe or kayak isn’t too much of a stretch for me, because I have a partner who sits in the stern of the canoe and does most of the paddling, while I sit in the bow with my camera carefully sheltered in my lap, looking for shots. He also has a keen eye for wildlife, and sometimes spots animals and moves us into position to photograph them before I’m even aware of their presence. , I’m also usually unencumbered by other concerns when I’m sitting with my camera in my canoe. There is no responsibility on my plate more pressing than to capture the moments I see along the river. It’s not an over-ask.

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