Speaking of calendars, my husband (aka my True Love) bought one the other day. It’s a long story. 495 words to be exact-ish. We didn’t buy a calendar last year and by mid year, regretted that decision. Anyway, my husband has ordered one. From a Danish vlogger of all people! I am as surprised as you, ladies and gentlemen.
At the risk of sounding like an advertisement (because I am not an influencer, so I don’t flog, ie. sell, things or my opinions, and as you know, I give my opinion freely), I wanted to mention that my True Love and I are rather hooked on Morten Hilmer’s videos. Morten is a Danish wildlife photographer. In his videos, Morten talks about his equipment, camera settings, and takes his viewers on virtual expeditions. Then there is his annual calendar. His vlog is pretty low key and gentle. There’s no pressure to subscribe or follow.
My True Love and I like Morten’s photography ethos. It is not flashy or jaded. Morten radiates an infectious enthusiasm for his subjects and the natural world. It is good,
old-fart old-fashioned entertainment, and is especially good when there is not much of note on the goggle box. Blimey, I am sounding like an advertisement! It is lucky that Morten’s family is helping him send out the calendars because I suspect he is a little distractable over-committed. You can check him out if you are so inclined via all the usual places.
Anyway, Morten is very inspiring to us. I am practicing getting up and down off the ground (no mean feat for me) so that I can photograph on the same level as the wildlife. It is a good thing that the birds are mostly in trees! However, unlike Morten, we won’t be doing a calendar. Nor do we have any intention of vlogging. We are not that organised. Our efforts would be more like a comedy show. You know, how to leave your house for photography shoot by 4pm. Nevertheless, like Morten, we share boundless enthusiasm for our photography subjects. On that note, I thought you might like to see some chicks. They are so sweet.
Here’s one I took — a masked lapwing chick. I took this one from the car. My True Love pulls up on this skinny dirt road. There is no shoulder on the road so it is rather precarious. The locals hoon along the road.
“Quick, quick,” my True Love says. “There are four chicks.”
And I’m like, “Where? Where?” Anyway, I eventually see them. I took a hurried and harried photo as a speeding car was coming up behind us.
Now for a few photos of the delightful red-capped robin fledglings taken by my True Love. I was on my break at the time so I don’t have the backstory, but I could make one up if you like. 🙂
They need a poem, don’t you think? Or maybe a song because …. no time. Check this out. I love a sub-titler with a sense of humour.