Patience is a virtue, especially if you like birds


It’s a good job I have a lot of patience. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’ve had a 20+ year wait for diagnosis of a serious condition. I’m a gardener, and I have a son with ADHD. All of these things needed a massive amount of patience to get through, which I’ve had ( I’m still here, and my son is 20 and still alive!!). So you’d think getting the photos I’d like of birds would be a doddle, right? Wrong. They don’t mind me sitting watching them, oh, no. They’re in and out of the garden as if they have it to themselves, even when I actually move around gardening. BUT if I go in and get the camera, sit quietly where I always sit, they disappear? Camera shy starlings? Sparrows with a sense of humour? Blushing blue tits? It baffles me. I can’t go far at the moment until my health improves, so you’d think these creatures I’ve kept alive all winter and oblige with food for their broods would do the decent thing and pose nicely!

I’ve resorted to hiding behind the curtain in my lounge and trying to get the odd shot from there, but the light is against me in that position, so all I have are plant photos. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it would be great if I could capture my feathered friends in action. Perhaps a trip to the local park would be better, as the birds there are very used to people. The tree are much bigger, too of course. But then there are always the flowers.

All this got me thinking on a more serious note, though. I’ve also waited patiently for a long time to see the Liberals get some say in parliament, and now, finally, they have their chance. Not that I’m a political animal, I’m not, and couldn’t hold down a discussion on policy of any kind (please don’t ask me to).  But I do know that we’ve needed ‘fresh blood’ for a very long time, and now we have some. And the opportunity is there for reform of the voting system. Hooray! Lets keep our fingers crossed that they actually do make some real, positive changes we can be proud of.

I’ve given you another flower today, as the birds won’t co-operate. It sat still, smiled nicely and will be planted in the garden as soon as the danger of frost has passed. I wonder, what tries other people’s patience?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. randywornhole
    Jun 08, 2010 @ 14:43:04

    As always your command of words and your skills and eye for a good shot do you justice.


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