What an amazing photo weekend! I just got back from a short photo trip with Kathy Adams Clark, a wonderful and talented professional photographer who has been both mentor and friend for many years. She took our small group of photographers to a small, seemingly nondescript ranch in the southern Arizona desert, where we found ourselves really going “batty” with the exciting opportunity to photograph bats at night as they swooped into a small pond to get a drink of water. (We also photographed hummingbirds, but that is a subject for another post).
The setup for the bats was technically amazing, with laser beams tripping flashes as the bats dived to the water, and the resulting photos were a nature photographer’s delight. The education about bats, so often feared unjustly, and their important place in nature was equally valuable.
However, as is so often the case with photography trips, I came away with much more than interesting photos and a greater understanding of bats. The camaraderie of friends (new and old) with a common passion, together with the shared excitement and awe at the quiet secrets of the natural world we so often take for granted, once again offered a powerful, felt-in-the-heart reminder that we and all of nature are all somehow connected.