Several months ago, when the trees were bare and the cold weather kept the small creatures and birds huddling for warmth, Elliot attended a nature photography class. Since that time, he has been anticipating the moment when he could capture a picture of a bird.
His fascination with birds prompted a day's hike in the woods where we participated in the National Audobon Society's Big Back Yard Bird count. On that day, near the end of February, we hiked around the lake. It took us nine hours because we were pausing occasionally to identify birds. By the end of the day, we saw over three hundred birds of various species, including a stately Great Blue Heron, who stood quietly on a stump like an old man while we walked by. On that special day which stands out in our memory, we took lots of pictures. But not one of them turned out the way we hoped. Since then, I've purchased a better camera.