North American Robin

There is a difference between “Robins” seen in America and those in the British Isles. The most obvious difference is the size of the bird’s red breast, which is much larger here. SW Virginia Robins have been very active lately, hopping around our yard seeking worms near the surface of the ground. As a kid my parents pointed to them as an example and told me “an early bird always catches the worm” trying to motivate me to do something productive.

Photo on Day One

There is a belief among people I know which says: “Whatever good thing one does on the first day of a new year will carry on to each following day in that year.” For me that means I have to make a decent photo on New Years Day, regardless of circumstances, so that my photography over the next 12 months will be rewarding in some way, no matter less-than-desirable challenges that are placed in front of me. Like cold rain soaking river rocks (and me) today in my back yard flower garden.