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I have become accutely aware of the limitations of my camera. One thing I had never read was how "slow" digicams can be. I've got a Fuji FinePix with 6x zoom and it generally takes fabulous pictures. But yesterday it let me down.

I take evening walks almost every day. One of my favorite places to walk is the "Carpinteria Bluffs". This is land that was "rescued from development" by local citizens who pooled their money and bought it from the developer.

Are all pictures taken of the landscape, there. The last picture especially is representative of the open space and tree lines.

I have noticed a lot of swallows there in the past few weeks and yesterday I tried oh so hard to take pictures of them. I realize I may have to lug my 35mm slr Nikon, tripod & long lenses out there if that's what I want to photograph.

I stood there in the field for thirty minutes, the grass is so high it tickles my elbows. I know this isn't an especially long time to wait for a shot, but I had to get back home to my toddler & my husband to make dinner. Just as I'm about to admit defeat, I saw something out of the corner of my eye.

I turned and looked up to see a hawk, chasing and capturing one of the swallows. It happened so, so, SO fast. The swallows are incredibly fast and the hawk moved in and met them move for move. It was an incredible display of aerial combat. I even caught some of it on my camera.

A very little bit of it. I have one picture of 5 attempts in that series that has about three inches of the hawk's tail on the right margin of the frame. All the rest of those shots are empty, blue sky.


But I did see it. Amazing.

- T.
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