Never Stop Shooting

Looking back at the lost decade these days… It was after the 08 crash, the wife had been diagnosed with cancer, computer career swept away in the financial chaos, no money coming in and no hope of any money coming in. There was a job posting at the school that everyone had heard about, for a janitor. Word was that the line of applicants was three blocks long, for one lousy minimum wage job.

Huge Buck Mule Deer in Snow

Everything stopped, the shopping, the coffee shops, restaurants, browsing for books at the book store… heck, the restaurants I loved and the book stores I frequented didn’t even survive. Constant trips to the hospital took over my Photoshop time, internet was too expensive and the uploads to my stock photo sites fell by the wayside.

It took ten years but now I am climbing out of that deep valley of despair and this one thing is becoming apparent. Through it all I never stopped shooting. Somehow I managed to have a camera and a lens, it never left my side. I held onto it like it was a life preserver. And somehow I kept going out everyday to look for my beloved deer herd. Somehow I continued to take my camera everywhere and shoot whenever the opportunity presented itself.

I still remember the day I photographed this buck in a snowstorm. I had to wear snowshoes in order to get into the woods, but somehow despite all that was crumbling around me I found the strength and the desire to go out in the storm. This buck was sheltering himself under the dense pine above and for a bit he posed for me, long enough for me to focus and capture a few memories. Now, a decade later I am finally getting to my Photoshop work, finally getting these images up for sale. I guess the lesson of this post is this, never stop shooting. You can always go back and Photoshop, but you can never go back and shoot a scene you missed.

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My Beautiful Friends

As I cleared the first ridge with Big Dog this morning I peered into the dense pine of the Pike National Forest looking for a hint of my deer friends that I so like to see. The sun was just clearing the ridge behind me and as I gazed into the trees I thought I saw a

Morning Mule Deer Does

familiar face. It was difficult to tell, but it looked like the sun was shining right on one of the furtive creatures. So I lifted up my long lens to take a better look and sure enough, there she was, standing and curiously staring from just inside the cover and safety of the wilderness. However it wasn’t until I got home and brought the image up in Photoshop that I discovered that there were two deer in the picture! The second one was hiding in the darkness of predawn shade and it was just luck that I got her in the picture too 🙂

Later on I came across the rest of the herd foraging for food in the deep mountain grass.

Mule Deer Portrait

Unfortunately they were in the shade so the best possible image wasn’t available, but I do think I got a nice portrait of a really cute one though 🙂 These did not flee from me, they just looked on with a fairly uninterested expression on their faces while they filled their bellies on the lush grass.

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