Weep Not, Mourning Dove

Along Louisiana, between Madison and Monroe, in San Diego neighborhood University Heights, my wife stopped our afternoon walk to point out Mourning Doves gathered in a tree—perhaps 10 or more fluttered about. How unexpected.

While I clumsily pulled out Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, all flew off because of the action. But one bird returned long enough for a 10x-zoom closeup that is the Featured Image. Vitals: f/4.9, ISO 50, 1/800 sec, 230mm (film equivalent); 3:54 p.m. PDT.

The saying used to be, when cell phone cameras were newer and far from delivering sharp, well-balanced photos: The camera you have with you is better than none. I think of far-reaching focal length similarly. The telephoto with you is better than none. Jeans or shorts pocket-carriable is an amazing benefit.

I am not mourning over this dove, because the smartphone let me make the moment.