Somebody Moved My Habitat – Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow and One Shot Five Ways
Nothing endures but change.
Heraclitus, 540 BC – 480 BC
What makes a photo a cliché? We’ve all seen them, photo scenes or compositions imitated so repeatedly by photographers that they define niche genres.
Photos of bees on echinacea or lily stamens come to mind – those photos are so prolific as to consitute their own memes. Same for damselflies on water lilies, osprey nests on channel markers, huge droopy sunflowers, open-winged butterflies on flowers, and how about those photos of the leaning tower of pizza with a tourist in the frame trying to prop up the tower? [Readers, please chime in via comments with your thoughts on photo clichés/memes.]
I’m not saying that all cliché photos are necessarily bad, and I’m not immune: I, too, have done bees on echinacea, bees in the heart of day lilies, damselflies on water lilies, and others.
Consider the photo at the top of this post: it would be a cliché of the “great blue heron with tall reeds” and of “great blue heron with arched tunnel” genres if the heron was in an upright pose.
As I said, I’m not immune to the occasional cliché, and in the case of the tunnel with heron meme, I’m guilty of shamelessly aiming for the idealized rendition over the years. I’ve sat in the kayak across the lake from the tunnel, hidden undercover for hours watching and waiting for the heron and sunlight to cooperate.
I’m not going to post the various cliché photos from over the years here because what caught my eye last week when I ventured there for the 2013 attempt was a profound change. You can see for yourself in this series, starting with the 2007 frame at the top of this post.
And in 2013? Wild grasses have invaded the shoreline, starting from the west and moving eastward. This is the 2013 view of the heron and tunnel:
So, no 2013 “heron by tunnel” meme for me.
Much more important than that is what the wild grass invasion foreshadows for this ecosystem. Time will tell. Stay tuned.
© 2013 Babsje. (https://babsjeheron.wordpress.com)
Posted on August 13, 2013, in ardea herodias, Art, Birds, daily prompt, Ecology, Foreshadow, Great Blue Heron, Nature, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged ardea herodias, great blue heron, heron, postaday. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.