Looking Animals in the Eye

Recently I shared my photo of the rear ends of three bison. While it was an interesting perspective, it violated a rule of animal photography (well, probably two rules). I understand that it’s important to make sure the animal’s eyes (or at least one eye) can be seen.

Red-bellied woodpecker

Bird photos can be particularly tricky because of all those dang branches. I took this photo of a red-bellied woodpecker last weekend, and I definitely enjoy being able to look the bird in the eye. It seems that we make a connection that way, and I like that.

It reminds me of the Bible verse that says “not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it” (Matthew 10:29), which inspired these lyrics by Civilla D. Martin:

His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

God keeps His eye on His creation with loving care. That includes the bison and the birds. That includes you and me. When we turn our eyes toward Him, we complete that connection. I’m grateful that He makes it possible for us to connect with Him, with other people, and with animals.

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