When nature photographer Donny Moore stepped out to photograph an annual bird migration last month, his camera unexpectedly broke during the outing. To âlighten upâ the sad situation and to make the most of her time in nature, Moore decided to start drawing with her children’s art supplies instead.
Moore, based in Ontario, Canada, said that as an amateur nature photographer he was excited to start birding and bird photography as the migration begins in May, but his camera was not up to the task this year.
âThe worst possible thing has happened,â Moore said PetaPixel. âMy weatherproof camera body didn’t feel as weatherproof anymore and it performed poorly under the first wet shoot in the morning. I was immediately devastated, but being a nature lover I wasn’t going to let that stop me from enjoying what the birds were going through.
Moore’s personality is one who always starts looking for great lemonade recipes when life hands him lemons, and that’s what happened in this case.
âI’ve always handled most situations with a light touch and it wasn’t going to be any different,â he says. âSo I started to draw some of the observations I got using my children’s art supplies. “
âThe traditional naturalists would go out, before the cameras and that, they would take notes in the field,â says Moore. Radio-Canada. âA description of the bird and a small drawing. So the thought came into my head, ‘Well, I don’t have a camera, I might as well practice what I preach.’ “
Moore’s humorous sketches have become a hit among his friends and followers on social media.
âIn my head I’m up there with some of the big names in the art world of nature like David Sibley, but that doesn’t seem to translate through my pencils,â the photographer says. “In trying to keep the sketches as basic as possible, but also trying to highlight some terrain markings of the wildlife, I found more caricatures than any kind of realism.”
Drawing has been a fun and surprisingly productive diversion so far, but Moore can’t wait to get back to creating photographs.
âSome of my photography enthusiasts got hooked on the designs and I joked in the comments,â he says. âThe descriptions I gave for the sketches, while also light, have always hopefully engaged some people in what is available to us.
“[The sketches] have gained their own little popularity with some followers, [but] I hope it won’t be too long before I have a good camera in hand so I can shoot what I love most.
You can find more of Moore’s sketches (and his wildlife photos) on his Facebook and Instagram.