Creekside Adult Song Sparrow – Photographed To Preserve a Memory And Nothing More

/, Little Emigration Canyon, Morgan County, Song Sparrows, Utah, Wasatch Mountains/Creekside Adult Song Sparrow – Photographed To Preserve a Memory And Nothing More

When I was a young child if there were creeks where I lived that is where I could usually be found watching the birds and creatures that made creekside living look like so much fun or I’d splash around in the creek with bare feet gleefully aware of what a joy it was to be “wild child” and a part of nature.

I still enjoy sitting quietly watching a creek flow by, listening to the sound of the water and observing what birds and wildlife I am fortunate enough to see and I still savor having my feet in the living, moving water. It soothes, relaxes and speaks to me.

Adult Song Sparrow at the edge of a creek, Little Emigration Canyon, Morgan County, UtahAdult Song Sparrow at the edge of a creek – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 640, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Last week I had parked my Jeep next to a creek in a Wasatch Mountain canyon while looking for birds to photograph. I sat for a bit just listening to the slow moving water, watching the leaves of the willows flutter in the light breeze and my eyes happily followed the movements of the nearby birds, it was so peaceful and I soaked that feeling in like a dry sponge pulls water into its cells.

As I sat creekside in my Jeep an adult Song Sparrow flew in, landed and began hopping around looking for food for breakfast in the vegetation floating on the water at the edge of the creek. I never got a view of the sparrow where it wasn’t behind the vegetation or where shadows of the vegetation didn’t fall on the sparrow but I photographed it anyway.

This isn’t the kind of photo that will make it onto the cover of a magazine or into the pages of a guide book and I am okay with that, this is the kind of photo that I will look at and remember the peaceful feeling I felt while I photographed this small bird going about its life and I am 100% okay with that. Sometimes my photos are taken to preserve a memory and nothing more.

Life is good.



  1. Pepe Forte August 23, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Wonderful pic with crazy good detail, balance and composition. Thanks Mia.

  2. Ken Schneider August 23, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Very peaceful setting. The memories are so valuable. This Song Sparrow is much paler than those we see in the northeast. They rarely venture down to the southern tip of Florida.

  3. Elephants Child August 22, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Water is such a benison. As are the critters around it. Thank you.

  4. Kathy August 22, 2018 at 11:42 am

    This is a beautiful photo! One just barely hear the rustle of the sparrow as it hops on the vegetation and the low gurgle of the water. Yes, a feeling of serenity falls upon you.

  5. sue Johnson August 22, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Mia, this is a wonderful photograph! It calls my heart straight into that spot where the sparrow is standing, and then I see the reflection and I’m truly there….and I don’t want to leave. This bird is just where I love to be, connected to water. Thank you for showing a very common bird in such a memorable way. This is your reward for always looking and listening and being out there! Thank you for sharing this continuing memory with us.


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