My first stop for wildlife viewing in Florida is the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. I have always loved images of the Roseate Spoonbill, a bit of a crazy looking bird sort of like a flamingo except pink and with a bill that makes him look like he belongs in a circus. I cannot look at one without smiling. They make me happy.
I was rewarded on my very first visit with a spoonbill that posed for me said “what took you so long” in his cartoon character voice.
Sometimes when I am reviewing and processing my images I only see what is wrong with them. This reminds me of my whole state of mind before I changed my life. I am a natural at seeing the negative.
Yes, there is a cluttered background. Yes, the background is kind of – meh. I wish that bright green plant wasn’t in front of him.
And then I decided that I don’t care. Every photo cannot be perfect. When this bird talked to me it made me happy and I hope the image conveys that feeling.