Face to Face with Bobby
For me, wildlife photography is not about taking pictures for contests or sales or even hanging on a wall, it's about the experience of taking the picture and creating an image. It's more about the friendships made while shooting or the experience of the trip to get to the place to capture images and it's about learning the subject, it's behavior, it's chemistry or the physics behind the image. It's about making new friends and cultivating relationships. It's about the trip and not just the venue.
This image was photographed several years ago in Green Cay in the North-West tree tunnel. My wife, Jo, smelled the cat in the area, yes she can smell them, so I started quietly looking and spotted him trotting toward me east of the boardwalk. Since we were at the entrance, just past the water I assumed that he would probably cross under the bridge about where I was standing so I dropped to the floor and took a camera position peering out between the bars waiting for him to come past. I assumed that he would just trot right under the walkway and just keep going.
He rounded the tree just 6 feet away and stopped in his tracks and hunkered down to rest. Even though I had the camera rigged for silent shooting it still makes a muted "thunk" as the mirror shutters between shots so it caught his attention and he looked directly at me. For just a moment I felt like I could see right into the spirit of that cat. At this point I could go into a complete dissertation why we have to protect our wildlife and our planet for future generations but I think I'll let you look into Bobby's eyes yourself and hear what he is telling you.
I hope you have enjoyed my little photo project this Memorial weekend.