The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Handsome Fellow


I went for a hike a couple weeks ago, before our desert trip it was.  I like to venture off the established trails exploring animal paths to see where they take me.  This time it was for a couple of miles through dense forest with little sunlight breaking through from overhead.  The terrain was a steep slope of the mountainside and it was interesting to see how the animals are no dummies - they choose the path of least resistance, thus making it easier for me too.  I was less than 100 feet away from this buck lying on the animal path before I saw him.  Of course he saw me long before.  Fortunately he stayed put long enough allowing me to get one decent exposure.  All the rest were somewhat blurred due to slow shutter speed before I made some ISO adjustments. 


The really cool thing about this encounter was that when he finally got up and moved away, I continued on that level portion you can see, stopping at where he was lying.  I knelt down and could still feel with my hand his body warmth among the forest litter.



  

16 comments:

  1. Wow what a fabulous experience and how lucky you took this shot. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Nice deer shot and great path to follow.

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  3. It is an amazing photo, not aware of you yet and so calm lying there. Picture perfect, well done.

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  4. OH WOW! What a nice surprise to find in the forest.

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  5. how special was that; glad you got the wonderful photograph John. Amazing.

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  6. So excellent! I would feel privilege to see that, and feel the ground still warm.

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  7. Very handsome, indeed.
    I see a bunch of deer where I ride in Georgia. Unfortunately, I don't carry a telephoto to capture any, effectively.

    Happy adventures!

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  8. What a magnificent specimen...I know you were tickled he allowed you to get this wonderful shot. We saw many this weekend in West Virginia, but they were all on the move.

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  9. Great encounter. Did you take a sniff as well? I remember sniffing where a coyote had been lying down. Smelled like ... dog. :)

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  10. Wonderful picture - its nice when they hand around long enough for you to make adjustments.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  11. I'm impressed by the capture but especially how deep in the woods you went.

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