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Two Worlds Collide

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 10 August 2011 in Miscellaneous.

On my way to work Tuesday morning, I was a bit early, so I decided to look around the woods near the office. After a brief and very uninspiring round of photographing just plain "blah", I decided to walk up a nearby service road that leads to the main CSX rail line running east and west through the area. I have taken some shots from this spot before and, since I am an old railroad hand, I always have fun looking around up there.

When I reached the top of the service road where the tracks are, I looked to the east down the rail line and there, about 90-100 yards away, was: A doe, a deer... a female deer (comical interlude). Along with her, were her two young ones. All of them were standing at the westbound track as though they were waiting for the 7:37 to Philadelphia!

I tried to inch myself into a better shooting (camera shooting, folks, camera shooting!) position without alarming mom. I succeeded...mom stood still, just staring at me all the while....and the kids stayed partially out of site, most likely obeying Mom's rule number 1: "If I don't move, YOU don't move!"

So, there we both stood, 100 yards apart, looking at each other for the longest time while I fired off as many shutter releases as I could. I finished and slowly started to do a backward walk down the hill, and at that minute, Mom "did a 180" and took the kids back from whence they came...the photo shoot was done. The collision of two worlds ended...peacefully thank goodness. But it was a beautiful experience for me....and probably a major aggravation for the deer!

OLYMPUS E-510 1/125 second F/6.3 ISO 400 180 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

OLYMPUS E-510
1/125 second
F/6.3
ISO 400
180 mm

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