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Friday, September 26, 2014

A Happy Surprise

Don’t you love a happy surprise that happens when you least expect it? That’s what happened to me yesterday when I took the photo of this great blue heron basking in the sun with the ducks.

For one thing, I was in the city near a shopping centre and busy roads. Usually when I come to this pond there are only ducks there. 

I never expected to see even one heron and I saw two, the great blue heron 


and a green heron.


I got home and downloaded the photos from my camera to the computer. Imagine my surprise when I looked more carefully at the photo and noticed a turtle basking right next to the blue heron.

When I was taking the photo, my focus had been on the blue heron and I hadn't even seen that turtle. I was delighted!

How many times have you had expectations about an experience and it turned out completely differently, but in a good way? You run into someone you lost touch with and have a wonderful visit. You lose out on a job but then something better comes up. 

When a happy surprise occurs, I embrace and celebrate it, seeing it as something quite magical and mysterious. I’m so happy to have this photo to relive that special moment again and again. What a lovely day it was! It was the kind of autumn day when the sunshine was so warm and welcoming that all these wild creatures came together so peacefully to sunbathe at the pond. They didn't seem afraid of each other at all and were quite relaxed. If only people could be that relaxed with each other.

Have you had an experience where you had a happy surprise and it turned out even better than you anticipated? I’d love to hear about it.

11 comments:

  1. That's great you caught the turtle too!

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    1. He snuck in there so he wouldn't be left out. He photobombed the photo as my friend, Ann said.

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  2. That was beautiful Cat and I am so glad to see you back in the blogging saddle. The pictures turned out wonderful as well. Yes, there are many times when those happy surprises turn out better than you expected and they are not soon forgotten

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    1. Thanks, Carol. I was quite excited about the photo and the added bonus of that turtle. You're right that they are not soon forgotten. Doesn't happen that often but it's good to be open to the possibility.

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  3. Definitely a lovely surprise... and I like the deeper meaning you took from the situation. Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Laurel. It was one of those magical moments for sure.

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  4. what a delighful surprise :D I too feel the same if I capture something surprising :)

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    1. That's why I enjoy photography so much. When you take the photo and then look at it later, often you'll see so much in the photo that you didn't notice at the time like little turtles. Magical!

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  5. I can't really remember anything off the top of my head except for maybe my husband getting me books that I want without me having to tell him ...

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