Smiling Flower Photo in a Swamp
By PF Staff in Favorite Photos on Dec 8, 2012
Two years ago, I was out in a swamp up behind Berea, Kentucky. It was in the 90+ F degree range. Humidity was somewhere between 50 and 80 percent. Mosquitoes! My blood sings to mosquitoes. A nod here to Twilight.
Why was I out with my K20D and gear on such a day, in such an area?
For weeks I had planned for a day on a weekend, off work time. Every single time, something. Electrical storms, rain storms, or, of a sudden had to be somewhere else. My stubborn streak flared up.
Finally, a day in middle August. I left from Lexington. Early. Traveled about fifty miles. Even being early in the morning, it was warm and very humid. I began sweating immediately. And my blood sang a siren's call to the mosquitoes. I was ready. 40% DEET. Head to toe. Wards off ticks as well. Works great. And it was interesting having a cloud of insects hovering around me for the next four hours.
I took nearly a hundred photos. A few were OK. By the time I was ready to give up, I was soaked up to my bottom. Had stepped on a snake. Torn flesh from briars and saw grass. I was very, very tired, hot, thirsty. And disappointed.
As I was walking out, something from the corner of my eye. Delayed reaction. I had walked about five more steps. Stopped, went back, bent down, and took one close up photo. I didn't really know why I bothered to go back and take a photo.
I arrived at my Tacoma truck. Air conditioning! A cooler with ice cold water! Then went home. Too tired to process the photos when I arrived home. And I believed the day was a bust.
A few days later after work, I transfer the photos to my computer. Many were deleted. Then, the last one. Full-size view on my 21 inch screen. I was stunned. I loved it right away. Vindication. I loved the raw photo. Then I spent a long time processing and tweaking it. Until it looked the way I saw it in my head. To me it is beautiful. To others that have seen it, the reactions ranged from, "un, it's ok", to "lovely, may I have a copy". But, when I look at it, like now, I see a whole lot more. I see and feel that day. And, I see the Cheshire cat grinning it me. As if sharing a great big joke.
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