We have decided to redesign part of the garden near the back patio to feature a variety of ferns and cycads rather than the heliconias and gingers which die back and look a bit ragged each winter. Daryl, a friend of John’s, had offered to give us some hollow Ironbark logs which we will plant up. So over the weekend we hooked up the trailer to go and collect the logs.
Rather than take the SLR I grabbed our little camera on my way out the door so we could record the event. You see I’d been reading Gail’s advice from Clay and Limestone and remembered Rule 1. Always take your camera with you.
The logs were great. We loaded them onto the trailer then went for a walk to a look around the property.. Daryl showed us where a small honeyeater had made a nest in his large Gymea Lily. I raced back to the car to get the camera and pushed the button to turn it on. That’s right. ..You guessed it. …Flat battery.
Soon after, we saw a pair of King Parrots sitting in a nearby tree – literally posing for a photo shoot. Further on along the track a green tree snake decided it was better to pretend to be a stick and remain totally still rather than to hide. But, of course, I was carrying a useless camera.
I learnt a valuable lesson.
In future I will check that the camera is working before I set out.
I will remember writing this post.
I will (hopefully) say to myself “What’s the very first rule of photography?”