Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I watched the drama play out from the street. Would the cat go after the deer?
Then I moved in for a closer look. Camera in hand, I very stealthily stepped over a string of wire and crept into the meadow. With one eye I watched the animals. With my other eye, I tried to navigate the meadow without stepping on anything crunchy.
I made my way well into the meadow. I still had a bead on the deer. The cat lurked behind the deer. A hawk soared above. Just a few more steps and I would pause for what was going to be a great picture.
Then, quail happened.
I've seen quail in the meadow before. They scurry around from bush to bush. Fun to watch. Hard to follow. Impossible (for me) to photograph.
I had taken one step too many. A bevy of quail scattered across the ground in front of me. I watched the birds dart through the brush. Then, I looked up. The deer were walking away. I looked in vain for the cat. It was gone.
The drama was done. Show over.