Serendipity . . . a happy accident.
I love those chance encounters with wild things out in the world. Whether it's just the birds and bees and butterflies and other small woodland creatures I find in my garden, or more rare sightings out in my neighborhood or up north, I always consider a wildlife sighting a special treat.
And when I happen to have a camera around, why . . . that's serendipity!
On a cool summer day, Tom and I were taking pictures of one of my knitting projects (this one). We discovered that yellow swallowtail butterflies were snacking in my garden. Snap!
As you probably remember, I took lots of photos of the Mason bee house I keep in my garden. One day, as I was shooting the bees, I noticed some heavy duty flitting out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was a hummingbird, but it was this little guy. (He looks and flies just like a hummingbird, but is really a moth!) Snap!
We see loons all the time up north at our cottage -- but it's always difficult to get a good camera shot of them because they dive and re-surface at the most unexpected moments. I was lucky this summer when a loon surfaced - for just a moment - near my kayak . . . and luckier still that my camera was ready. Snap!
Just before Christmas, we had an impressive ice storm. I went out with my camera to get some shots of the ice on the trees. I was busy taking my tree shots, when I noticed some movement lower in the branches . . . and found this bluebird hopping along, right there beside the road. Snap!
And later that same morning, I stopped to take some photos of Portage Creek, framed by icy trees. When I turned around, I found several deer . . . watching me. Snap!