Why Not A Duck? Backyard Birds and the Practice of Everyday Beauty

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I know people who won’t photograph “common” birds. I myself never miss the chance to study beauty. Nikon D7100; Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

Apparently, birds are one of the top subjects of hobbiest photographers, and I think that’s wonderful. Backyard birds are my second-favorite subject (after dancers). When I’m out photographing birds, I lose track of time, marveling at their diverse beauty. I know a lot of photographers who are sharp and active well into their nineties, and while correlation and causation are not the same thing (In fact, everyone who confuses correlation with causation ends up dead!), I’d like to speculate on a hypothesis here: Photographers become adept at seeing beauty all around us, which makes us happy, which extends our vitality.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Wonders await, just outside your door.

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Nikon D7100; Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

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Nikon D7100; Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

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Nikon D7100; Nikon 200-500 f/5.6

Who lives in YOUR back yard? Nikon D7100; Nikon 70-200 f/2.8; Nikon TC17eII

Who lives in YOUR back yard? Nikon D7100; Nikon 70-200 f/2.8; Nikon TC17eII