<< Previous Next >>

I Am Able

I Am Able
Photo Information
Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT, 28-300mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-30 22:59
Viewed: 2827
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I was walking home yesterday from seeing my mother, I spotted this blind (male) house finch. He is blind in one eye, but other than that, he seems healthy. He chirped, ate a healthy amount of berries, and flew quite gracefully. He has more than compensated for the lack of sight in his left eye.

In fact, I didn't realize he was blind in one eye until I uploaded the photos! I chose to post this photo because at first when I realized he was disabled, I felt sorry for him - then I realized he doesn't care if I feel sorry for him or not! Not only that, but he appeared quite happy - even singing a bit. His eye has healed and while he may have issues to contend with his counterparts don't, he doesn't seem to suffer horribly.

I, myself, have many disabilities, but if folks felt sorry for me, I'd get angry. I taught myself (with the help of many from here and from others who have encouraged me along the way) photography in spite of being colorblind and lacking the ability to judge distances. I fall on my butt a lot, but I can laugh at myself and at the lengths I'll go through to get a good photo (including falling into a five foot drift that gave way today as I headed toward the target of a downy woodpecker earlier, but that's another story!) and realize I've learned to compensate for some of my own shortcomings (though perhaps not so much in the commonsense area!). My point is, if I had not noticed the blind eye in this fellow, I never would've guessed - and other than my 'head in the clouds' attitude, many would never guess how much my vision differs from the average person - but it just makes me more unique and I can appreciate photos a little more - and yes, I get envious of some of the work I see here - but that only strives to make me want to be even better!

Thank goodness for places like this - I love this site!
Kathy :-)

jusninasirun has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

A proud chest! :)
Amazing how we can all overcome our shortcomings.
Excellent concept! Wonderful motivation to pursue dreams.

Hi Kathy,

Beautiful fresh post in a nest perch. I like the framing and excellent focus on the subject. I am sorry about the eye and hope the berries will heal the wound. TFS and best regards,


Calibration Check