Just Missed

The stories of National Geographic wildlife photographers are legendary.

Camping out for months in cramped quarters. Hiding in blinds or niches. Barely eating and doing their business where they are working.

I learned early that being part of nature with my gear wasn’t for me.

Sure, I tried. More often than not, I’d have beautiful photographs of logs and open meadows without fauna. I was just always too late to trigger the shutter when the 8-point buck or the red-tailed hawk was visible in the scene.

I’m getting better. Though after 43 years as a pro, you’d think I could finally get the whole critter in the frame. This rabbit was a near miss. I’m going to keep trying.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.