Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 2 – Lost & Found
They once were lost, and then??
Accidentally one day, I left the entire set of CF cards containing all of my Great Blue Heron photos on the morning bus – years’ worth of photos.
There was – needless to say – a rather sleepless sleep that night.
My workflow is such that, yes, I do have digital backup copies of most of the photos spread amongst various computers, external hard drives, USB sticks, and the original film negatives for the earlier pieces – not to mention prints in collections and the gallery – but these were the ORIGINAL cards that were missing.
Ironically, I was carrying them that day to put in secure offsite storage.
Through a series of events beginning with a wonderful act of honesty by an unknown bus passenger who found them and turned them in to the bus driver, who then turned them in to his supervisor, who in turn handed them off to others, they found their way to a lost and found 20 miles from home.
It took hours and several phone calls – first to one lost and found, then to another at a different location, and then to yet a third – followed by a lengthy cab ride, but at the end of the day they were back with me where they belong.
The anonymous bus passenger is a hero, as are Henry the bus driver and Gail at the lost and found. I’m still trying to come up with an appropriate reward. In a way, those herons are like my children, and what reward is adequate?
I am beyond grateful.
Thanks to Ben Huberman and WordPress for their Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers. The Lost & Found served that day as a container for items that were precious to me. In fact, every day of the year, any lost & found anywhere could be a container for precious items for any number of people.
Thanks once again to Stewart Monckton for hosting the Wild Bird Wednesday challenge.
A selection of my heron and flower photos is now available at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.
Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.
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Great Blue Heron
Posted on July 23, 2014, in ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Birds, Gratitude, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wild Bird Wednesday, Wildlife Photography and tagged great blue heron, postaday. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.