I have a gadget on my computer that creates a continuous, tiny slide show of the pictures in the “My Pictures” directory. Every so often one catches my eye and I click on it, usually because I don’t know exactly what it is or why I took it. A squirrel? When did I take a picture of a squirrel – and an Eastern Grey Squirrel at that, a dirt-common, introduced pest ?
On April 19, 2008, that’s when. Significance? That’s the day I bought my most recent camera. After charging the battery, I went outside and pointed the camera at the first thing to happen along.
Click, a squirrel. 001.jpg.
It would be interesting to have an album of all the first shots taken with all the cameras one has owned since childhood. A blur of blurs, perhaps. That Keystone instamatic with the magic cube flash? Hmmmmm.
It was probably also a squirrel.