Good timing saves many a photographic weakness

June 15, 2009

My photography has always had one thing going for it – (and one thing only) – I am often in the right place at the right time.

Hank the cat joins affection after birth

Hank the cat takes part in alpaca birth

It’s not too hard to catch up on words for the websites I keep updated. But, as would be expected, nothing beats being on hand for photos.

Just ask the travel editors who have made do with my photos for years. Even I couldn’t flub up images of cycling in fall foliage in New England, century-old boots from the Gold Rush atop the rugged Chilkoot Pass, or Stacy Allison’s mile-wide smile as she descended to base camp as the first American woman to summit Mount Everest.

Vet kissing Alexi

Vet kisses alpaca in checkup

Fortunately, one of the sites I keep up is Barnstorm Farm, the alpaca ranch where I live. Thus I was on hand to catch the delight of winning the first blue ribbon; the cat joining the warmth and affection of an alpaca birthing, and a cherished moment when a young vet giving a “well baby” check to a new cria spontaneously threw in a free kiss.
There is one flaw to this work pattern that I’ve just discovered. While inside writing this entry, I missed the first alpaca birth of the season – 20 feet from my window.

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