Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge to write a 200-word story based on a photo prompt. Thanks to Mike Vor for providing this week’s challenging photo.
Geri’s command was to no avail. Her 6-month old Chocolate Lab had disappeared around the curve in the path. This was their first outing since Geri moved to Alaska in search of adventure. A co-worker recommended the nature trail, claiming it was safe. “Just keep your eyes open,” her friend told her. “You never know what you might run into.”
As Geri rounded the curve, she saw Oliver standing in the middle of the path, tail wagging. Relieved, Geri jogged toward her dog, then frozen in terror. Oliver was nose-to- nose with a small black bear cub that, to her dog, resembled a lab puppy. An instant later, the mother bear emerged from nowhere, barely 20 feet away. Bile filled Geri’s throat as she tried to remember what to do if the bear charged.
Seconds later, the sound of a loud air horn startled the mother, causing her to retreat into the woods, her cub close behind. Geri turned to find the park ranger.
“Black bears hate noise. You might want to invest in a whistle.”
This was not the last piece of good advice Geri would receive while living in Alaska.
Participating in Photo 101 has given me a new perspective on photography. Gone are the days of a non-thinking ‘point and shoot’ mentality. Going forward, the photos I take will be more thoughtful and deliberate. Although I wasn’t able to create a new photo for every assignment, just going through my old photos with a specific theme in mind helped me see them in a new light.
In contrast to my old self , I triumphed by not giving up on this class on the days when I could not go out and photo something new; by not putting this off because there was something more important (and less challenging) to do; by giving this my best shot and putting myself and my photos “out there” for comment.
I also triumphed by finally getting a photo of a woodpecker that frequents my bird feeder.
Nature is full of wonder and the perfect photo op. There is never a shortage of magnificent subjects in the natural world.
This flower was taken in a tropic forest in Honduras. The long stamen reminds me of a tongue sticking out of a mouth.
Even in my own backyard, nature offers herself up for a photo. I was outside a few days ago when I heard a lot of birds chirping in the trees next to the house. I was curious what type of birds they were because they seemed large from a distance. This is the picture I got and while you can’t tell what the birds are, it fits the theme of natural lines.Yesterday I took a walk outside and noticed the vibrant pink of my Redbud tree. The long-awaited color is a welcome change to the browns of winter
Yesterday I took a walk outside and noticed the vibrant pink of my Redbud tree. The long-awaited color is a welcome change to the browns of winter.
To recap the week, here are some photos that I took earlier today, trying out all the different techniques. Even if the subjects aren’t exactly exciting, it was fun practicing.
Establishing Shot – This is at a local cemetery (to capture the feeling of solitude). I took a long-angel photo down a line of head stones, using the ornately decorated one as the foreground focal point.
Orientation – This picture was taken at a local park. The man sitting on the picnic table was feeding one of the geese. The first picture was taken vertically, the second horizontally. I can’t choose which one I like more.
Rule of Three – The same goose from the previous photograph. I placed him in the upper third of the photo. I was actually standing behind a tree because he wasn’t too happy to have his picture taken.