I made this image back in October while hiking and exploring a reclaimed space. This gentleman and his dog were enjoying the benefits of an area that used to be a junkyard, but is now a biking/hiking trail, marsh, and national park.
I loved the layers of color, the contrast of light and shade, and the variations of leaves and bare branches.
Several weeks back while I was photographing a portrait client, I saw a herd of deer. They actually photobombed the session. This happened two sessions in a row. I was unable to create images of the deer since I was equipped for portraits, not wildlife.
Since then, I've been attempting to photograph the deer. When I'm prepared, the deer are a no show. When I'm just on a hike or doing something else, the deer appear.
This morning, I hike with camera and lens in tow. No deer showed. I finish my morning hike, pack out my gear, and leave. As I'm at the exit to the park, waiting to make my left hand turn, I glance up in my rear view mirror in time to see a doe jog behind the truck.
At this point, I think they are intentionally taunting me.
In the meantime, here's a nature image in black and white. I loved the patterns in my favorite marsh grass.
I watched a very moving and scary documentary: Before the Flood. Even if you think climate change isn't happening, what's wrong with being conscientious of our footprint on this earth? What's wrong with making an effort to leave this earth a cleaner, nicer place for future generations? What's wrong with sharing this planet with other human beings and other animals? If you do agree with the majority of scientist and feel defeated, don't. Small changes and spreading the word can make a difference. It's not too late to reclaim spaces and return to earth to health.
"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead
I am a Warren, MI based headshot, fashion, fantasy, fine art, senior, and portrait photographer. I have photographed the Detroit area and Southeastern Michigan for over 25 years.