I was driving on a winding country road in morning light. I glanced to my right and noticed a three foot tall Great Blue Heron perched on a log that had fallen across a stream in the woods through sunlight filtering through the trees. He looked as if he was posing for a wildlife photo. Modern instinct told me to stop and snap a cell phone picture of this rare sight. I resisted.
The road was two narrow lanes with a speed limit of 30 M.P.H. I had been traveling at the speed limit when I spotted the bird. I glanced in my rearview mirror and saw no cars following me. I slowed down, then stopped in the middle of the travel lane. There were no cars anywhere. I had plenty of opportunity to take out my phone.
Instead, I took a deep breath, carefully took in the sight of the magnificent bird, said “wow,” to no one in particular, and drove on my way.
Sometimes I think we are too driven to capture life’s wondrous moments in photos which takes us away from truly enjoying the moments as they are presented to us.
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