February 10, 2014
Do you ever see a beautiful plant, and then notice there's a mammal, reptile, amphibian, insect, or other creature that adds extra interest to the scene? For example, when I first approached the scene above, I focused on the plants in the foreground and didn't even notice the cat sleeping on the porch.
Sometimes, I don't even realize a critter is on a plant or in the scene until I get back home and review the photos.
Cropping makes them more obvious.
Other times, it's the creature/plant combination that attracts my attention in the first place.
When that happens, and the light and composition are good, getting a decent shot of the grouping is the goal.
Since I'm an amateur, I often miss the window of opportunity--especially with fast-moving critters.
But sometimes I luck out and capture them before they slither, glide, jump, or fly away.
The scene isn't always "pleasant" in a conventional, garden magazine kind of way.
But they're always fascinating studies of nature in action.