"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience"--Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Photography is a great metaphor of life. The same ingredients required to make a happy life are required for a happy photographic experience. At the top of that list is patience. If you are a nature or wildlife photographer, patience is crucial--as crucial as light.
When trying to capture that perfect sunrise or sunset, one must be bide their time as the sun makes that journey. When photographing wildlife, patience is required even more, because animals never do what we want when we want--EVER.
You have to be willing to be flexible and go with the flow, especially when things are not going the way you planned or envisioned.
This picture above is an example of patience. I made this photo at Rip's Rookery, which is about 30 minutes from my home, on a day when it called for scattered showers all throughout the day. I checked my weather app before leaving. The area at the rookery was free of any showers. However, by the time i got there, numerous shower cells had cropped up in the area. Of course, one was sitting right over the rookery.
With rain dampening the prospect of shooting, some may shut it down and go home. Not even trying. Others may try to get the shot in the rain, potentially ruining their gear. I choose the path of patience. I waited out the cell, monitoring it on my app. After about 15 or 20 minutes, the cell moved on. The skies cleared. The neighboring cells didn't threaten the rookery for another hour. By waiting to see what Mother Nature would do, I managed to get in an hour of shooting.
As a result, I was treated to the wonderful sight of new life in the rookery, as babies are being hatched and taking there tentative steps toward maturity. Like this little fella I captured, who has yet to master patience, as he waggled his wings trying to get them to work in vain. He wobbled on this branch, flexing his wings in any direction he could.
Patience is not always easy, but life is easier when we can exercise patience.