February 9, 2013

Spooky

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Some bloggers in the CDP world have talked about how a mistake ended up becoming a photo they liked enough to post.  I wouldn't categorize this shot as a mistake as much as an experiment which came out oddly interesting.  Recently, when I was visiting Myakka State Park, I saw the location where a group of wild boar crossed the road from the woods into marshland.  So, the next time I was there I returned to that same location after dark, set up my tripod and put my camera on the 'bulb' setting.  Then, I patiently waited fully expecting the piggies to trundle across the road right in front of my camera and... *click*...it would be a fabulous photo.  Well, my patience quickly transitioned into annoyance as I swatted at mosquitoes and transitioned further into mild boredom.  To occupy the time, I tested my shot by randomly pointing the camera down the road.  It was completely dark with no lights on the park road whatsoever, so I really couldn't see what I was focused on.  Then, I pressed the shutter.  *ta-dah!*  Pretty cool.  The winding road gives it a mysterious feel while the dangling Spanish moss adds a creepy element.  (Although, not a wild boar in sight.)  

By the way, for those who expressed concern about the safety of the SDP staff as we attempt to photograph the wild pigs -- thanks!  I have a tremendous respect for nature.  Having survived a riot, two near-death scuba diving adventures, a bloody tangle with a 100 pound pitbull that was attacking my Mulligan, a battle with breast cancer and 20 years in the news business...I'm ready to take on the park piggies at a prudent distance.  Oink!

9 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Loool! How long did you wait? It looks like a scene from Criminal Minds!

SFlaGuy said...

I've been in Alaska and watched people chase down a bear and get too close to a baby moose as its mother crashed out of the woods. I usually hang back a bit and let my lens get in close. Some people think wild animals are straight from a theme park. (And I knew I was right about you).

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Kathy said...

Our feral hogs in Texas are known to be quite vicious and will actually charge humans. I don't ever want to meet one close up!

Kay said...

No shot's worth putting yourself in danger, though it sounds as if you have a good troop of guardian angels. Overworked, but guardians nonetheless.

Lowell said...

Well, you are brave, but about your smarts I'm not too sure. Oy ve!

You did get a good picture, though. And yes, it is spooky! I can hear that deadly silence that permeates the forest at night.

Jack said...

You're a fighter, SRQ.

LONDONLULU said...

Wonderful capture, it really gave me a few shivery chills up the spine:) (And I loved your last paragraph!)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh yes, anything could appear around that corner, creeeeeepy!!