After cruising around the Cane Ridge/Gibson Lake area yesterday morning without much success I went back to the old boat ramp area and decided to change tactics a bit. I put on my camo waders, walked out a bit to the water's edge and laid down under a button bush with my camera in hand and got "comfortable."
Within 20 minutes or so, Snowy Egrets began to arrive one by one and began foraging in the shallow waters in front of me. The longer I laid there, the more comfortable the birds became until after an hour I had 12 Snowy's and a handful of shorebirds all around me feeding and interacting. In all, I laid motionless in the same spot for just over two hours and was able to get some great looks at some beautiful birds as well as a couple of river otters splashing around as they chased each other through the lily pads.
As I was driving back home afterwards I was reminded of a verse from Psalm 46:
"Be still and know that I am God."
As well as I know the area and as good as I sometimes think I am with a camera, it was a humble reminder that I am not in charge. He created everything I have the wonderful opportunity to photograph and only He determines when and where they go. I get so much more pleasure out of the experience when I remember this, put the truck in park and simply sit back and marvel at the details of His handiwork. If only I could remember this all the time!