We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Jesse Owens (Olympic gold medallist 1936)
One thing I liked to do a lot for killing time in my childhood was to find a quiet place of my own, usually a small hill near my home, lie down on a grassland and watch the changing clouds in the sky above. The highlight was to see an eagle soaring among the clouds. There was a wonderful feeling inside me that I did not understand why at the time. The memory has never disappeared from my mind. In fact, a desire had been growing strongly over time to see the eagle again. It had become a dream.
In 2008, I decided to put a plan in action. I started learning how to shoot birds in flight. Finally, the day had come in 2011 for me to embark on a long and lonely journey to British Columbia of Canada to do one thing and one thing only – to find the bald eagle.
The outcome in terms of photography was not great because of the rainy, dim light, wintry weather during November in Canada. However, the real life experience was wonderful.
I was alone on a vastly open field by the Harrison River. The sky was dull, grey blue. There was a light wind creating a soft howling sound around me. I followed the flight of a young adult bald eagle rising higher and higher in the sky. The scene was so familiar that I thought I had gone back to my childhood fifty years ago. Then I realised it was an intense feeling of freedom inside me. I had identified myself with the roaming bald eagle. I put the Chinese word “roaming” in the picture together with my seal to render it like a Chinese painting. I am proud to show you my dream.