Familiarity Begets Boredom


I have always been an individual that becomes bored with anything I do or sometimes even people I know. It is a curse in a way although it opens me up to new and exciting experiences. I move onto the next creative pursuit leaving the last in the dust. Photography has always been a constant my entire life, just not the subjects being photographed.

Is it when we see something over and over it becomes commonplace?

Probably, but the dreamer might say just see it in a different way. That works, but it is like a band-aide for a short time to a creative.


This post has common birds from my area to show that they are not common everywhere to all individuals. What might be boring to us here like a robin, might be exciting and pretty to people in far off places.


We have pretty cardinals that I see all the time, but our resident cardinals are searched each day on my other blog, showing they are not common worldwide. They don’t even exist worldwide. A penguin might be exciting for me to see, but not so much to those living in Antarctica.


This leads to an even more important and profound observation. The one about nature. Nature is found everywhere, you just have to look for it. Is an oak in the city less of a tree than one found in a forest? How about squirrels? One might even consider those in the city more natural. So is nature in the city boring? Not at all, but it is different.


Even native sumac grows right behind my fence in the city. Sounds a bit odd differentiating “natures”, but nature as a whole is much different when not surrounded by buildings and people. The oak is different in a grander sense. So are the squirrels. What you learn is more authentic and visually exciting when in the habitats of the animals rather than the habitat of humans.


I purposefully used images of different less colorful birds on the same plant. It is a bit boring having the same context. Even less interesting with less color than a red cardinal, bright blue jay or multicolored warbler. Of course, less dramatic than an eagle or other raptor. But honestly the subject itself – the common birds – are not boring. I just bet they don’t think of themselves in that way either.

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10 Responses to Familiarity Begets Boredom

  1. Jet Eliot says:

    Thank you for the reminder that every nugget of nature is a joy. 🙂

  2. So true.. nature varies in every side of the world. what might be boring to you will be spectacular to others eyes..So, sharing stories and photographs opens a window to the other side of the world, It’s like a portal.. 🙂

  3. I love your title, Donna! Gorgeous photos. I’m sure you have special arrangements with these guys! 😉

  4. Mike Powell says:

    I spend most of my time with my camera photographing common subjects that I find within about a five mile radius of where I live. Every time that I click the shutter button, I am conscious of the fact that I am making creative choices in how I frame the shot and expose the image. The experience is fresh and new most of the time. I really like your photos of the birds in your area–many of them are ones that I too see and photograph.

  5. I relate to cyclical boredom. I am in that place now awaiting the next chapter.
    Feeding wild birds in my gardens brings daily visits from “regulars” and new faces of baby birds learning the feeders. They never bore.
    Your photos are stunning Donna.

  6. Pat says:

    Nature is never boring.

  7. Except for the robin, I haven’t seen the other birds– or I haven’t noticed them. Thanks for the views.

  8. My Heartsong says:

    I am never bored and I am always bored.Either way, it keeps me looking .

  9. Lyle Krahn says:

    Good idea to put them all on the same plant. Not only am I susceptible to the boredom of the familiar but also a good dose opinions. Excellent reminder that familiar is completely in the eye of the beholder.

  10. I thrive on my common birds…each lovely in their coloring and their habits and their songs…

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