Some days seem to be better than others, with regards to photography — at least for me.
My partner, who is an avid gardener, has got himself a plot in the community garden! We live in a rather large apartment complex — they tell me here are 160 units — so there’s only the tiny balcony for flowers ‘n stuff. I know how he has missed the gardening from the time in Quebec, when he owned his home. Myself, I’ve only missed the backyard wildlife we had there … raccoons, marmots and so on.
Now … he’s got this plot, so he’s spent some time there, digging and chatting with the other gardeners. As I’ve mentioned before … people, here in Saint John, are chatty … something that I really enjoy and appreciate!
I’m no gardener — not by any stretch of imagination — I do enjoy the results, though … flowers, fresh veggies..! This community garden is next to Rockwood Park — my favourite spot! So instead of hanging around him, putting out manure, I grabbed my camera and moseyed slowly through the park. Deep down, I was hoping to see the Loon again, but realized I hardly would be that lucky two days in a row.
I did see him, but he was way out … in the center of one of the lakes … far from any view-finder! But anyway, it was so nice in general — I put this blue jay on top of my post because I really liked that shot. For once, he stayed still … as if he was posing, looked straight into the camera! He was rewarded with peanuts. Even though I’ve seen this bird for eight years now, I never cease to be amazed over its beauty … the colours, the pattern on his back! I’m not a “birder” per se … I just love all our furry and feathered friends — it’s the camera … the photography that has made me take an interest in them.
When I came to next lake — there are many little lakes in this park — I had a bit of comical experience! As I got out of the car with my camera, a guy the truck beside me asked: «Hey … have you ever seen a guy fishing in a dress suit before?!» and laughed. I looked out towards the lake, and noticed someone was fishing alright, but couldn’t see the full person from where I was standing because the ground was slanted … got up a little bit, and there he was! Full dress suit, shirt, tie … the whole kit ‘n caboodle!
We all burst out laughing and the guy in the suit said he felt so good, after he’d been through divorce court, so he wanted to do some fishing — he was a country boy at heart, and since he had all his gear in the car — why not?!
After that episode I was thinking to myself; «This is Saint John for you! Here we talk with strangers…»