I made the decision this weekend that I would spend a day ‘shooting’.
Last year at Christmas I was gifted with a gift certificate to attend a Conceal Carry Weapon class, I did this and sent my paperwork off to the state to obtain my permit. It took about twelve weeks to arrive, but it felt so good to put that in my wallet. Shortly after, we went gun shopping at a gun show and I picked up a small 22 caliber handgun. I wanted something small and lightweight to get comfortable with, since I’ve never handled a firearm before. I have found a new hobby and new enjoyment in my life.
What does this have to do with photography? Well, The area I go to shoot is a preserve/hunting area with an outdoor range, so today I took my camera and not only record my progress with my progress, but also to take a drive and ‘shoot’ some wildlife with my camera. After hitting my target with about 200 rounds, I got into my car and started driving, my first stop was a beautiful Great Egret, however that was not the only bird in view, for a few years I have wanted to photograph an American Bittern, sitting looking as if he were part of the reeds was this beautiful American Bittern.
Driving a bit further I pulled over in a picnic area and saw what I thought was a couple of Alligators. It was and as I turned my back briefly one jumped out of the water and grabbed something. I’m not really sure what he was after, but I have a photo of it.
All in all it was a great day. Having a hobby or two is so good for the heart and soul, it gets you out doing what you love and enjoy, and it also gives you something to look forward to. Even if you only have a cell phone with a camera, get out this week and experience the world, you never know what else may be in store for you.