“Out for a Walk”

“There are times when nature becomes intimately close. I revel in those moments and hold them sacred. I become part of the natural world, not merely an observer.” – Ed Lehming

Yesterday was a big change in weather for us in Southern Ontario. We have had over a week of mild, almost summer-like conditions, with lots of bright sunshine. The shift to autumn norms has began and the day started out like a typical November: dull, cold, and just a hint of rain in the air.

Given that the light was not ideal for my standard forest photography, I ventured into an area that is a bit more open and is adjacent to a forested area. As I walked along the edge of the field I noticed movement on the far side, I saw a flash of white and realized that a large buck had just emerged and the white was the reflection from his antlers. Knowing how skittish bucks can be this time of year, I quickly shot a few images, figuring this would be the best I could get.

He stood at the edge of the field and then, to my surprise, started heading directly towards me. The breeze was in my favour, blowing from my left o my right and he did not catch my scent. Again, thinking he would soon notice me and bolt, I made a few more photos of him in various poses, including looking straight at me.

As time progressed he continued to walk towards me, seemingly unaware of my presence. I actually got a bit nervous because bucks can be aggressive and unpredictable during rut, or mating season. Eventually he passed within a few meters of where I stood, to the point where he no longer fit into my camera frame!

He still did not seem to notice me and wandered into the forest behind me without a sound or backwards glance. I truly felt amazed at this close encounter. It felt like I belonged there, for that moment, simply part of the environment. this moment will not soon be forgotten.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200 mm
1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 400

6 Comments on ““Out for a Walk”

  1. I love such encounters. We’re fortunate to have many in Ashland. We’re a small place, entwined with nature. Once while walking in town, down a residential street, I came across a doe and fawn. The fawn was so tiny, its white spots so vivid, it seemed to have just been born. I stopped and let them do their thing and move to another part of the yard before going on.

  2. Extraordinary experience – and maybe a reminder that we’re all part of nature.

  3. Pingback: “Cedar Waxwing has a Guest” | Ed Lehming Photography

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