Maybe it’s in the colors of a sunrise or sunset. Maybe in the way a tree bends or in the way the sun glints off the surface of a river.
I shot this photograph late one afternoon.
I pulled into my sister’s dirt drive and parked after seeing cattle grazing in the field across from her driveway.
My mother was in the car with me and I was scrambling out of the car with my phone as she asked, “What are you doing?”
“There is a photo I have to take, ” I said hurriedly.
I know it wasn’t sufficient explanation for her, but to folks who enjoy photography — I think you understand what I mean.
There are moments photographers see before the camera is even in our hands physically. This actually wasn’t the precise moment I saw when I turned onto the dirt road, but I think I love it more.
I had to position myself on a bit of a bank and they could hear me rustling around in the fallen leaves. I tried not to laugh at startling them but I had to look a bit crazy — creeping up from between the brush and trees and barbed wire and holding my phone out in front of me as I told them I was a friend of Jesus.
There were actually more than the three pictured but most went over the hill with a quickness when they heard me crunching and sliding on the bank.
The one staring at me held his ground and sized me up, fighting back the fear. I thanked him after snapping a few and then he relaxed and cautiously went back to grazing.
I find cattle to be some of the most comical creatures. Freaked out in one moment and then chill and eating in the next. I enjoy them greatly.
Do you have a funny story behind a nature shot you’ve taken? Do you enjoy taking photographs of nature or wildlife?
Photo Editing: Noir B/W (in iPhone); Cropped, Auto Contrast, Jean Filter, Film border (in Pxlr App)