Ruffed Grouse

grouse with daisies / rejoicing hillsLook what I shot the other day from the car window!

(No, no—not literally!  You know, with the camera.)

We have an abundant population of ruffed grouse in our area, and we hear the males drumming frequently, but they’re rather skittish birds and challenging to photograph.  So I was pleased when this one sat still and eyed me warily long enough so I could step on my brakes, roll down the window and take its portrait.  (Hooray for country dirt roads where you can do that!)  I didn’t have a telephoto lens on, so this isn’t exactly a close-up—but I can’t complain about the scenery he chose to pose in front of!  Haven’t the daisies been gorgeous this year?!

I drove past the same spot the following week and everything was mowed back, chopped off low and rough for safety purposes.  Even if my little grouse friend had reappeared, the photo could never have been the same again.  Thinking about that, I was reminded of not just the fleetingness of photo opportunities, but of the golden opportunities that come our way in life, and these words of wisdom:

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”  (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Make the most of the opportunities you are given, whether great or small—you never know whether they may gone forever tomorrow!

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