I saw an ad from the MACC (Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions) seeking photographers to help protect and preserve Massachusetts Wetlands. May was Wetlands Month. Naturally, I wanted to help.
I did a bit of research on wetlands. In the 20th century, the world has lost 50% of its wetlands. But in the US, we've lost 80% of our wetlands since the 1980s. Wetlands act as the biological "kidneys" of the landscape by filtering out any water that would otherwise directly run into a water system. This chain reaction will affect well, everything. So I REALLY wanted to help. I grabbed my camera.
The wetlands are not pretty, to say the least, and they're flat too. White cranes are everywhere in the North Shore. They would present a nice contrast to the muddy backdrop. Perfect. Now to search for some birds.
Several times over the month, I tried. Thwarted attempts due to:
Finally, I found a group of White Cranes just over the bridge entering Plum Island. I pulled my car up quietly. Three other photographers had done the same. As we quickly, and silently, set up, another car pulled in. The moron slammed his door.
Our heads snapped around, glaring at him. "Sorry," he yelled as the birds took off in a flash. On the way home I chanted "om om om."
This is the only shot I took of birds that month. I submitted the photo, which was mediocre at best.