No matter what, I always try to have a pocket video camera with me. Unexpected surprises have a way of popping up, and the best photo opportunities often have little to do with the original mission. Such was the case Saturday, when my son-in-law and I went squirrel hunting in southern Pratt County.
We hit a timbered creek and went separate directions. The hunting was surprisingly poor, especially since the barometer stood at a monstrously-high 30.70, which is supposed to mean that wildlife will be exceptionally active. Instead, I saw only two squirrels the whole afternoon in a known hotspot, and I missed a long, offhand shot for my only opportunity.
But my path led to a place near a large pond, and I soon became aware that it must be covered with geese. It was one of those classic setups where you can sneak up for a peek over the dam, and the water was at eye level. As I slowly raised up, the nearest geese were only 10 yards away, and they covered the surface.
They spotted my raised camera and quickly moved away. As they became more unsettled, they took flight and winged over the pond for several minutes. Some headed out to feed, and some came back in. It was a waterfowler’s delight.
And the camera brought it home.