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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

Getting the Worm

Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas SEPTEMBER. 11, 2020

[37-365] 11th September 2020- My 365 shot today was taken about a minute after getting out of bed. Open the blinds and there it is.

The early bird gets the worm. This English expression first appeared in a 1605 book of proverbs by William Camden. The idea behind the expression is that the birds that wake up the earliest have the best chance of catching a good meal, since no other birds have awoken to pick for worms.

Likewise, people who arrive first have a better chance than those who arrive late. This phrase is so ubiquitous that it is even shortened to early bird on occasion. Small restaurants and diners will advertise early bird hours or rates to attract those people getting to work early.

Ironically, I then went downstairs and opened the blinds only to see a huge group of birds all lined up on the roof opposite. It was like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds". These were the actual early birds. But on opening the window to take a shot of them the noise of the window catch scared them all off. So the motto for photographers is be an early bird but also be a quiet bird.

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