When I first found out that this week’s photo challenge was “inspiration”, I thought it was almost too broad a subject. How on earth could I choose an image that encapsulates what I find inspiring about photography? But then I recalled this picture and how I felt when I took it.
I happened to be out in the back yard a couple of evenings ago, and heard a rustle. This beautiful young buck peeked out at me from behind the tree, no doubt just as surprised to see me as I was to see him. The glow of the setting sun lit him up like he was on a stage. For two seconds he stood there, and then was gone.
It was a magical, fleeting moment, and I had been lucky enough to be there to experience it, and record it.
Whether it be a serendipitous encounter like this one, or the particular play of light and shadow on a scene, or a striking combination of shape, colour and texture–it’s the thrill of discovery, the capturing of the unexpected, that makes photography so much fun.