01
Dec
17

As darkness falls

The park was busy on Sunday. Dog walkers, screaming kids, joggers and cyclists. I was beginning to wonder why I’d brought the camera. As dusk approached it started to quieten; a little at first but I soon found myself alone. I walked away from the path and stood under one of the big oaks. I was reminded of the first line of a poem – “I sat beneath a tree … and it surrounded me” – for the life of me I couldn’t remember any more. My thoughts were immersed in trying to recall where I’d heard it; so immersed I didn’t notice I wasn’t alone.

A Roe Deer walked right passed me; within a few metres. I gave a sharp intake of breath and held it, so as not to disturb my new friend. I dare not move. If I raised the camera she would be gone, As she started to graze and muzzle the ground I had the chance to slowly lift the lens. It was now quite dark and I could almost hear the camera groaning to gather enough light. Operating at the thin end of capability I managed to get a few shots before she moved slowly away and I was left just with the darkness.

 

 


2 Responses to “As darkness falls”


  1. 1 Malcolm Riley
    Dec 2, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    A beautiful account and a cracking photo, given the circumstances. Hope you’re settling well in your new home.

    Malcolm

    • Dec 2, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      Thank you on both counts Malcolm – good of you to say. Yes thank you I’m settling in fine; although living in a flat is taking a lot of getting used to, I’m sure it will become easier in time.


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