Life is filled with decisions that change you in ways you never dreamed.
Several years ago, I wrote a book about nature cinematographer John Bax. During the interview and writing process, he took me out on photography sessions with him. At the time, his interest centered on the parrots of the Rio Grande Valley and that led us to days and evenings in Brownsville, Texas.
|John Bax biography|
I listened to his stories of birding throughout Canada, the US, Mexico, Central America and South America. His work, and that of his photographer friends, amazed me. Even though I focused on the writing of the book, little by little, I fell in love with the birds he filmed. I already loved the Rio Grande Valley, but he awakened in me a passion for its natural wonders.
|Orioles fighting for an orange|
I have an average camera - a Canon Rebel with kit lenses - and I'm lousy at recognizing bird songs. I'm still a wanna-be birder, but I've made friends and met birders who make each visit memorable. And I have memories of John.
From him I learned patience and with the birds, that's pure gold.
Thanks, John! You enriched my life!