Leftovers. When we cook a big meal and don’t eat it all, we bundle the rest up and save it for later. We might not feed it to company, but there’s a distinct pleasure (at least for me) in coming back later to dig back into the remains of a great meal.
In a funny way, the idea of leftovers applies to many of my photography excursions as well. Often, I’ll get out in the field and a theme of sorts will start to emerge as I wander around with my camera. I usually notice something interesting and then look for other aspects or examples of that. Sometimes, it’s a particular plant species, and the variety of pollinators or other insects using that same plant. Other times, the theme is a little more broad – having to do with the impacts of some prairie management strategy or a recent weather event. As a result, when I get home with a batch of photos, many of them can be strung together into a story I use for blog posts and/or presentations. Scattered among those photos, however, are the leftovers. The leftovers are the photos that I really like, but that don’t fit into a particular theme or story.
During the winter, when I’m not as active as a photographer, I have time to dig back into the remains of those earlier photo excursions. While it’s not necessarily polite to share leftovers with company, I’m going to break that rule today and share some of mine from last summer.