Today, I’m going to break my own rule, set just three short weeks ago.

In that first post for this year’s #52WeekChallenge, I said I’d shoot the prompts in the order in which they were presented. But if you look at that list, you’ll note this week was supposed to be “Shoot from Below”. Sometimes, life just happens, and you have to roll with the punches.

Seattle, 2021

I was out birding in the local cemetery, and trying to get some shots of the little itty bitty teeny tiny birds that I kept seeing drop out of the bottoms of a group of holly trees, but haven’t been able to get close enough to see what the hell they were. As I was standing under one of a group of four of these holly trees, not particularly still, mind you, this little fella dropped straight down out of the tree and landed right at my feet.

I didn’t think there was any way I’d be able to get a photo, I was sure I’d spook him if I breathed funny. I was very, very wrong.

The minimum focus distance of my birding lens is 1.8 meters. For those of you who are still stuck in the Dark Ages with the Imperial “system” of measurement, that’s a little less than six feet. I had to hold my camera up over my head, pointed downward, and hope for the best with some Hail Mary shots.

Eventually, he did spook and flit off to another tree in the group of four, and I got a few more shots.

Seattle, 2021

“Shoot from Above” was supposed to be next week, but when an opportunity like that literally lands at your feet, you just have to take it.

This post is a part of the 52-week challenge photography project for 2021. Click here for all the pieces in this project, or click the camera icon above to see all the pieces from all my 52-week challenges.

I published the list I’m using for 2021, in order, in the first post, if you’d like to follow along or join me.