When I was young and religious, it was often said in my circles that The Great Commission was poorly translated. In the King James version, the command Jesus was said to have given his followers read as, “Go ye into all the world and make disciples”, but a better translation, it was said, might be “As ye are going into all the world,…” The distinction was meaningful. I find it amusing, in retrospect, that the same folks who said that from a pulpit on one Sunday also sent out missionaries the next Sunday, and pressured people into going door to door to bother local people on Saturday mornings.

I’m no longer in any way religious, but my takeaway from that distinction is something I sort of carry into my birding. It’s pretty rare for me to go anywhere to see a certain species of bird. I just kind of go where I go, and I shoot whatever birds I see there. So I suppose I’m an “As ye are going” sort of birder, generally. I feel like, being disabled, this sort of birding is  more accessible, as well as more enjoyable, to me.

Sometimes, however, I’ll make an exception for a special bird I really want to see.

Snowy Owl

I’ve wanted to see a Snowy Owl for years. Yesterday, I got the chance.

The Stare-down

It was a rainy, overcast, shitty day for bird photography. I wouldn’t have bothered except for something exceptional. But I started seeing Snowy Owl sightings in my ebird email alerts a few days ago, and changed the alert settings from daily to hourly. And sure enough, yesterday afternoon, there was another sighting, very near to where one had been hanging out. Best of all, it wasn’t just in my county.

It was in my neighborhood.

A block from the grocery store I was about to head over to anyway. I wasn’t going to get a better opportunity than this, unless one happened to perch in our giant tree out back. And I wasn’t betting on that ever happening again.

There were people with cameras pulling up and pulling away, all there for the same reason I was – to stand in the steady rain for a minute or two to get a couple of crappy shots of a beautiful bird.

I’ve missed a few more weeks on the 52-week project, but hopefully I’ll get back in the groove now. I’m not too worried about missing a week here and there. It’s not like I’m in competition with anyone or participating in a group project. There’s no one judging me, except that Snowy Owl, I suppose. Kinda does look like she’s giving me the stare-down, doesn’t she?

This post is a part of another round of the 52-week challenge photography project. I’ll post the pieces on Tuesdays, and this is the shot for this week. Click the camera icon above to see the other pieces for this project, or just click here.