Ansel Adams once said, "Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter." I'm trying to learn more and more how to "plan" an outing or shoot but there are times you cannot plan for what God is going put in front of your eyes and camera. This past winter in Wichita, KS was such a moment. On one of Wichita's BIG snow days (Wichita received a total of around 24 inches of snow in 10 days via two winter storms). I used my lunch hour to take my camera to Chisholm Creek Park (a local park/trail) that's not far from my "other" job. At this point Wichita had already received several inches and the snow flakes were absolutely huge.
As I slowly approached a clearing on one of the trails in the park I set up my camera to shoot down a path that was just at the edge of the treeline.
It was magnificent and I was very happy with the outcome! But a bigger surprise awaited me in only a matter of minutes. As I pulled my head away from my camera my eyes were pleasantly greeted by a gathering of 9 deer in the field to my left. They were literally feet away.
No quick movements, no noises (even though I was screaming at the top of my lungs - in my head). Just a glimmer in my eyes, huge smile on my face and slow, steady movements to turn my camera to this magnificent sight! I stood there for nearly 30 minutes just watching and clicking the shutter as the deer ate grass and, from time-to-time, lifted their eyes to see this strange creature with a Canon camera peering back at them.
They paid very little attention to me except to make eye contact or, on one occasion, to smell the air and the strange scent of this intruder.
I am ever thankful to God for allowing me to be a part of scenes like this and hope for many, many more.
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