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Shooting and Situational Awareness

Situational awareness is a useful skill and it requires paying careful attention to your surroundings. Since we were Bond movie fans as kids my brother often used to tell me to “Pay attention 007″ and I even use it on my kids now too.

Photo 1: Bee and Horse Chestnut flowers

Bee on Horse Chestnurt 2

In the Bond movies Q (the Quartermaster) famously says to James Bond “Now pay attention 007″. It’s remarkable how scenes and lines from movies spring to mind in various situations. I am usually so involved in my lists that I don’t pay attention to much else happening around me unless I have my camera in hand.

My camera increases my mindfulness since it focuses my attention. When I walk or even drive somewhere I often remember the locations of a particular flower or tree in bloom.Intention gives focus which in turn makes one more mindful.

The busyness of life and our emphasis on the next task does not usually allow this attention to permeate our days.

Photo 2: Butterfly on ThistleThistle butterfly 2

I know that it can be learnt to a certain extent because when I have my camera I scan for interesting details all the time. It’s also interesting though that sometimes when I am shooting a particular bloom I shut out everything else around me. Not always a good thing when you’re taking photographs in the woods so tuning in the other peripheral senses at those times is useful.

The more attention you pay the better your situational awareness will be. It seems as with most other types of learning, the more you practice, the better you become.

Butterflies on Thistles

On the creek trail not too far from our house I found a rather large thistle in bloom. While I was focussing on the bloom a lovely Painted Lady Butterfly came to feed off it and it was followed by some bees and a little Skipper butterfly as well. Thistles must taste good to bugs and they don’t seem to like sharing a bloom either.

Photo 1: Painted Lady Butterfly on Thistle

Butterfly on Thistle 2 low res


Photo 2: Butterfly and Bee on Thistle

Thistle two bugs 2 low res

Photo 3: Thistle bloom

Thistle low res

Photo 4: Thistle bud

Thistle bud low res

Photo 5: Two blooms, two bugs

Thistle two bugs low res

Photo 6:  Bee and Skipper butterfly on Thistle

Thistle two bugs 3 low res

Photo 7: Bee on Thistle

Bee on Thistle low res

Photo 8: Butterfly and Thistle bloomButterfly on Thistle 3 low res