Today, I want to talk about the observation on the balcony (陽台觀察), which may echo essentially to my series reports. Previously, I talked about micro-habitat on my balcony (我的陽台微棲地), photography on the balcony (陽台攝影), watering on the balcony (陽台澆花), balconies to biodiversity (陽台生物多樣性), you never know what will you see today / unpredictable surprises on the balcony (你永遠不知道今天會看到誰/陽台不確定驚喜), names of four birds in Taiwanese on my balcony (陽台四款鳥朋友个台語名), and a pictorial essay and video for shooting birds on the balcony (陽台拍鳥圖解影音). Welcome to review on the pages of Cover story (封面故事)!
今天，我想聊聊陽台觀察(observation on the balcony)，也算是在本質上呼應我的一系列報告。之前，我談過陽台微棲地(micro-habitat on my balcony)，陽台攝影(photography on the balcony)，陽台澆花(watering on the balcony)，陽台生物多樣性(balconies to biodiversity)，你永遠不知道今天會看到誰/陽台不確定驚喜(You never know what will you see today / unpredictable surprises on the balcony)，陽台四款鳥朋友个台語名(names of four birds in Taiwanese on my balcony)，以及陽台拍鳥圖解影音(a pictorial essay and video for shooting birds on the balcony)。歡迎回顧封面故事(Cover story)網頁！
To someone likes nature, he / she usually makes ready to go to a suburb in the early morning of a holiday. I did, took a whole day's walk, sweated a lot, and of course shot some pictures. However, I don't know if you have the same confusion as me: those amazing birds or butterflies or insects are not always easy to be seen or shoot in my each travel. In fact, I often found nothing in a same place where friends on the internet could show many beautiful photos of small animals. I think, probably the time is not correct (morning vs. evening? summer vs. winter?) or the terrain is not the place that I am familiar. I don't know if there is a hole in the rock wall, or I should turn some leaves to find the world.
Compared with suburb, the observation in your own balcony is a complete different situation: You are very familiar with the grass and trees there-- any small change, for example, may be a hint to let you find suitable little actors easily; You can observe at different time--it may be, for example, a worm in this week, may change to a pupa in the next week, and may change again to a butterfly in another week; Or you can have a second chance to take pictures--when it is cloudy, for example, you may shoot a little actor / actress under sunlight on another day if the guy would like to stay on the balcony…
Of course, in addition to having a good luck (perhaps the most important), it would be better to the observation on the balcony if you have a lot of love (love and have interests in the world), patience (especially on the day that you don't need to be at work), and willpower (setting up an electric fan on the balcony could help you take a long stay comfortably with no sweat in a summer).
“Nature rewards people who are patient and watch the details!”, my friend, Bethany Plonski said.
Sometimes it is time to test our eyesight because little actors may hide in the dark; or with camouflages, they just stay in the sun, however, you don't see them.
The balcony observation is very interesting. How about joining us? Life will pass like this day after day...