Hi, everybody, and a very pleasant good evening to you, wherever you may be...
I am The Mad Macedonian! Writer, Blogger, Poet, Humorist, Cyclist, Walker, Photographer, Cat Lover, Genealogist, and more!
It's day 10 of the 2011 Sit Spot Challenge, and I'm getting close to nature in middle of Huntington Beach, right in the heart of Orange County.
If you missed the start of this adventure, then check out this post, and follow the link at the end.
What day of the week will you seemingly find more people with cameras, than are being walked by their Dog, at Central Park in Huntington Beach? Sunday.
It was a humdinger of a squirrelly Sunday morning. ;-D
When I arrived at my Sit Spot, around 10am, the stage, and seats, of the amphitheatre had been overrun by people weilding cameras.
A photography class was obviously underway...Apparently in Vietnamese.
Well, hell, how does that help ME, if I had wanted to listen in for a minute, or 2? ;-D
When I went to that little spot along the dirtr trail I found, the other day, there was another group near that, also Asian, all focused on taking photos of a female model in red. ;-D
So, where was I gonna spend my 20 minutes?
Along the paved trail, to the west of the main lake, is a partially fenced in garden-like setting.
It is dense with trees, and bushes, and flowery plants, especiall of one kind, with blueish flowers.
On any other day of the week you might have the narrow path around, and thru, this small spot of solitude all to yourself, and you could sit on a rock, and contemplate your navel, world peace, how your side can win the 2012 elections, or ideas for a Cat themed book, or two, or even the next Great American Novel...but it's Sunday. ;-D
In that spot above, just moments before I took that picture, there had been a man with a camera, and a woman, with a huge, beautiful, black Dog on a leash.
In another corner was a man with a huge, $1000 camera, on a tripod, staring at a bush for God knows what reason. ;-D
In another spot were an Asian man, and woman, both with expensive cameras, staring at another bush, obviously waiting for something to appear.
What? God only knows! ;-D
In an open area, on the north side, there was another group of camera weilding folks, all caucasian, a few young women, and an older man, all standing around a stand of those blue flower bushes.
I wonder how long they had been there?
When I found that quiet spot with the rock I took a break from all my people watching... ;-D
I then went down the path, and came across to Asian men excitedly prancing round a stand of those bushes, talking, and pointing their cameras.
I stopped, and watched, and then I saw it...A Hummingbird.
I took out my camera, and started prancing about, pointing my clearly outclassed Canon 4X zoom camera at the bushes where I thought I was seeing that energetic little bird. ;-D
I could not be sure if I caught anything, and whether it was clear, and not blurred, until I got home, and ran the shots thru my PhotoShop Elements.
What I saw, when I did, absolutely blew me away.
All those people, in this confined little area, were there to take pictures of not just the plants, but Hummingbirds and, judging from what they told me when I talked with them...there are quite a few to be seen.
I finally pulled myself away, and headed off, westward, along the trail, but soon stopped to observe a Squirrel leap from a tree, onto the grass, and make its way cautiously torward the banks of the nearby branch of the lake that bends around 3 sides of the enclosed garden.
Suddenly a Duck dashes toward shore, wings flapping, louding threatening the Squirrel within an inch of its life for daring to invade their space.
The Squirrel dashed away, and back up its tree, and stayed put as I came close to take a couple of close-up pictures. ;-D
When I left the park, at last, from the east side, I paused to admire the precision, dedication, and patriotism, of what appeared to be a Scout, or Jr. Police, Troop of some sort.