Lens-Artists Challenge #84 – Narrow



“Life’s true sojourn reveals a long winding narrow path that only you can choose.”

R.J. Blizzard

Amy’s challenge this week leaves us with more than one approach, so I’ve  addressed it in two ways. First, of course, is the literal translation above – a narrow path, across a narrow bridge, over a narrow stream. Also quite literal, the image which follows, of a beautiful Little Blue Heron posing its narrow legs on a narrow perch. 

little blue heron


“We fear to trust our wings. We plume and feather them, but dare not throw our weight upon them. We cling too often to the perch.”

Charles Newcomb Baxter

On the other hand, consider a “narrow margin for error”. This is a something that often occurs in wildlife photography. How long do you think the beautiful bird above sat on its perch? Was I prepared for such a moment? Were my settings correct? Was my lens at the ready? Happily in this case the answer was yes.  And what about the image below? Was I ready for the moment the grizzly bear captured its meal? Could I capture him before he moved away? Again, in this case yes. But in many others perhaps not. Both are examples of a very narrow margin for error, as well as evidence of the importance of being ready for the shot you hope to capture.

grizzly bear with fish


“A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin for error is small.”

Donald Rumsfeld

Happily I was also ready for the image that follows, even though the little bear cub seemed content to sit quite still while sucking on his very large thumb. (Do you believe the size of those paws?!) I re-discovered both this image and the one above in my seemingly never-ending chore of moving older images to current technology.

bear cub, thumb sucking


“In the margin for error lies all our room for maneuver.”

James Geary

Finally, in the capture below there is a narrow-beaked oystercatcher working a long narrow oyster bed in the hopes of finding his next meal. His beak and the bed are both examples of the literal use of the word narrow.  He also exhibits a narrow margin for error – at times the target shellfish will beat him to the punch and clamp on his beak, sometimes drowning him when the tide comes in. Or, other birds like gulls and willets will often steal his hard-earned meal.



“I’d rather learn from one bird how to fly than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.”


I have no doubt our followers will find other interesting interpretations of Amy’s Narrow challenge. As always, we very much appreciate your support and look forward to seeing your responses.   Remember to Tag them “Lens-Artists”, and to link them to Amy’s original post here.  We hope to see you next week here on Travels and Trifles as I post Challenge # 85.



112 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #84 – Narrow

  1. Dear Tina Simply beautiful love all the images specially the narrow walking track, in our native URDU language we call it’ Pag Dandi’ (pronun. pug-dundee’) pug is for foot’ dandee is a thin long stick’..so a narrow path for walking. Love and best wishes.

  2. Great photos for the prompt, Tina! I especially like your lesson(s) on timing – your photos are exceptional examples of being ready and willing to pause long enough to catch the shot! Now I wonder … what special lens do you use to catch those closeup shots!? I sure wouldn’t want to be close to bear cubs or a bear that’s fishing! 😉

    • LOL, very true Shelley. I used a 70-200mm lens and we were at the edge of the water. Our guide told us they’d never had an issue. Some people were actually fishing in the waters downstream. The fish are their preferred delicacy and they are quite plentiful so the bears leave the humans alone. I wasn’t going to test the theory😊😊

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  4. You have such great timing Tina ! Gotta be there 😉
    The challenge of *narrow would have stretched me for an interpretation but you’ve nailed it .
    Love Blue heron so intent on being patient waiting for his chance .. and the young bears how adorable they are … glad your *move through LR is giving 😉

  5. T Bear, You know I always love your trifles when they include God’s creatures. You allow me to expand these photos and see deep into all their eyes and souls. So comforting to me. Love them. Thank you. Dar

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  7. Excellent take on this, as usual! Love that you explained the different interpretations, and with brilliant text and lovely examples as well. I do love them all, but that heron – wow!

  8. The only narrows we have had lately are compressed lanes on road and highway construction projects. We do have a few narrow bridges and narrowly built roads, but those are becoming fewer and fewer with the passing of years.

  9. A beautiful sequence Tina and I enjoy both your interpretations. There’s often a narrow window to capture something, the way the light slants or the way an animal moves, and of course a margin for error too. The image of the two bear cubs is sooo adorable, a wonderful moment you captured there! xxx

  10. Your keen eye always provides plenty of fodder for these challenges. I love those bears in the tree, how wonderful to see them and capture the little guy sucking his thumb! And as usual you find a twist to the challenge.

  11. Loved the narrow path to the narrow bridge, put me in mind of walks in the past… and some great wildlife images here…. We can always rely on you to explore the different avenues of a theme, Tina!

  12. Spectacular photos this week and wonderful commentary, Tina. Lucky for us that you have been going through your old photos. I’m not even going to think about the fate of the oyster-catcher.
    I’m having a break from photo challenges this week. Kudos to you, Amy, Ann Christine and Patti. I don’t know how you ladies manage this huge organisational feat week after week.

    • Thanks very much Tracy – we’ll miss you this week! I won’t pretend it’s not a lot of work to keep the challenge going but our followers (present company included) keep us going with their creative and thoughtful responses.

    • Thanks Nora – we were VERY close to the bears but there were actually people fishing in the same waters as the bears – YIKES! Our guide told us the fish are so plentiful that the bears don’t bother with the people. I chose not to test his theory!

  13. Love your interpretation on the narrow, Tina. These are beautiful captures of nature.
    Thank you for explaining the narrow margin for error. This is why it’s challenging to capture birds and creatures. 🙂

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