Most nights, when I put this piece together, I have absolutely no idea what I am going to write. I review my daily images, get some hair-brained idea, and proceed to talk about it.
Well, today, I had a specific “thing” I wanted to shoot and compose. I thought it would be hilarious…. it all “came to me” this morning while eating my grits and eggs. I even spewed milk out of my nose just thinking about it.
So this evening, I was out setting up the shot…. really working on it. Timing the sunlight before it set… wanting to get it all just right for the photograph. Snapping away… absorbed and involved…. concentrating….
…. and what lands on the same rock where I am shooting? This little fella. (No!!! This can NOT be! I had crossed my heart earlier in the week and promised myself that I would not post another bug here… at least until the next spring thaw. Under no uncertain terms!) But no… no… no… Mr. Buzz shows up right in front of my lens. And there you have it… that is how it goes.
About the time you swear off chocolate ice-cream & peanut-butter-fudge-syrup with whipped cream on top… a colossal “super-duper-triple-scoop” gets delivered right to your table by mistake.
So, instead of denying this gift of gifts… I accepted it… welcomed it. I quit doing what I had been focused on, and moved over to this. Old Super Fly sat and posed for me endlessly. It was sort of like Christmas morning…. or Disney World. Maybe both.
I am not exactly sure what kind of a flying insect this is…. maybe a baby Dragonfly (who knows?) …. but I sure did love shooting him… in this most unexpected & favorable encounter.
What is my point? Today I am thankful for all the beautiful gifts around me… great and small. I was truly delighted with his arrival on that rock. I am grateful for the big things… like the wonderful people in my life and this beautiful planet. And, I appreciate the little wonders… like mystery bugs…. avocado sandwiches…. and deodorant. And never, ever, leave out mayonnaise. )
“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” – A. Montagu
(That is why… when someone “SEIZES”…. people say “God Bless You”)