The Mission by KatMagic Photography

Yesterday morning, I went with a friend to photograph Red-necked Grebes and their newly-hatched chicks on Lake Ontario. For a variety of reasons, – odd lighting, really difficult reflections in the still water from the boats at the nearby marina, – my photos didn’t work out. It was fascinating though, – and another reminder of how amazing nature is, – to see the male Grebe concentrate on getting food for his two young ones. Over and over again, he would swim out and return with a fish – breakfast for his new little family while the female attended to the one lone unhatched egg left on her nest (we hope it will hatch). So, in reviewing my photos from that outing I was very disappointed; however, this photo struck me, given its blatant starkness, as absolutely representing the single-minded determination of the male Grebe – get fish – return to babies – get fish – return to babies. He seemingly, during his deliberate task, saw nothing else – not the nearby wing-drying Cormorants, not the overhead flights of the gulls, not the general awakening of nature as the sun rose .. so, my photo depicts he and he alone in his mission at hand – return to nest with fish for babies. He was all alone out there and the water was mirror-like still, the sun was directly overhead and my exposure was completely off but, oddly, it totally represents the scene, the Grebe and his mission.
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

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  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

  • walela
    walelaover 2 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • KBritt
    KBrittover 2 years ago

    I like it for the very same reasons you state, Kat! Your love of nature always comes through in your work, and what a lovely description of how the scene moved you!!

  • Hi Kim, thanks so much for taking the time to read the description.. I know it was long and people are much appreciated and, of course, your comment is so nice …thank you!

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

    It is stark, but also very beautiful and serene in its monochromatic simplicity. I love your description of the experience!

  • Thank you, Celeste.. as I said to Kim…the description was long so appreciate your taking the time to read it as it really did go hand-in-hand with the photo…have a good week-end, Celeste.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 2 years ago

    Wonderful image!

  • Thank you, Susan.

    – KatMagic Photography

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 2 years ago

    marvelous work!!

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 2 years ago

    Simple yet Elegant, this is lovely :o)x

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchover 2 years ago

    Ohh, how beautiful, Kat!!!! Love it!!!

  • Chris Armytage™
    Chris Armytage™over 2 years ago

    Outstanding Kat!

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasover 2 years ago

    I kind of got lost in this photo, it is quite mesmerizing with the lack of color, negative space and that arrow-like wake pointing to the Grebe as he is about to swim right out of the frame. Even though you weren’t happy with some of the technical aspects of this shot, I was drawn to the sense of motion and the way everything else seems to disappear except for the bird and his prize.
    I’m glad you added such a vivid description of all the activity actually going on around this single minded bird. Of course we can’t see it, and seemingly neither did he. Your story turned this photo that I already liked into a work of art that I admire. Thanks for sharing the experience with us : )

  • Hi Christine, thank you so very much for your lovely and very insightful comment….it really makes me pleased to know the photo touched you as it did…I know the description was long and thank you for taking the time to read it…you have really boosted my confidence about this one as I was not completely sure it would translate as I had hoped it would…thank you again so very much…

    – KatMagic Photography

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