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Jan. 5, 2013

Itís kinda weird, waking up and thinking about what my picture will be for the day. Itís been so long. Sometimes I have an idea of what I want to say and I take a picture to help express that. Other days I go out and find a picture that says what it wants to say. Today was one of those days.

I went out at dusk with my camera and stopped near some woods. These woods looked foreboding from the road. They were the kind of woods that you pass on the highway glad that you are doing 60 mph and sipping on a triple venti sugar free, non fat, no foam, extra caramel, macchiato...with whip. The kind of woods that certainly have secrets hidden in them, secrets that should remain secrets.

I put my back backpack on, grabbed my tripod and headed in. As I walked the snow was crunching under my feet. Loud enough that I kept thinking I heard something but wasnít sure, so I stopped. And waited. Nothing. Further into the woods I went, to the point that I couldnít see or hear the road anymore. I sat down on a rock, discouraged that, while creepy, there was nothing to photograph.

While Iím sitting there taking pictures of my boots, the ice, tree roots, whatever.....I hear a scream. A loud scream. Now, I am positive it was an animal but the light was low and it was time to go. Just then I hear what sounds like the trees conspiring against me. Branches are clicking and scraping around me, reaching out to grab me, to keep me here. People were driving by at 60 mph glad they werenít in here, and having no idea that I was. Blair Witch came to mind. People like me are never found. Ever.

I look up to the sound of the clicking and watch the branches in the wind, playing a rhythmic song meant to make me uneasy. Meant to make me leave and I am happy to oblige. As I am looking up I think ďThatís it. Thatís the picture that will show people what these woods are like." I set up, the light is crazy low. My hands barely work. As I go to take the picture the wind dies, as if to give me what I want so that I will leave this place. I get a few shots, throw my backpack on, throw my tripod and camera over my shoulder and back track to my truck.

Once in my truck I donít even look at the camera. I just sit there and think about what I missed about this hobby. I used to love making light work for me. Making a picture that expresses my thoughts. While I enjoy writing, a picture should stand on itís own and I think this one does. My trip today was every bit as creepy as this picture lends and I took it for no other reason than to take it.

Today was one of those days.

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Guest 12-Jan-2013 22:55
Nice image. Best. J
MŠire UŪ MhaicŪn10-Jan-2013 13:30
Anytime you want to write a suspense novel you've got a good start here..
Janet Donnelly08-Jan-2013 17:05
I'm new to experiencing your photography and captivating dialog ...... this stuff is just GREAT!!! I think I can understand what others have said about missing your "pictures and words" and being so glad that you're back. Thanks for sharing this wonderful talent!
Marni J. Bradford08-Jan-2013 16:49
This is exactly what I missed about your PaD Jim - the photos and the words, you have such an amazing talent and I am so happy for you that you have decided to make a commitment to excercising your artistic/creative side :). ~V~
Charles Lasnier07-Jan-2013 08:36
Looks like they are leaning over you with long, twitchy arms.
Brenda07-Jan-2013 01:40
I wasn't around when you were active but I love your work and your words....Beautiful. V
Bobby P. 06-Jan-2013 21:41
The book Jim... You have to publish these things....
Si Kirk06-Jan-2013 19:12
Lovely photo, great perspective
pkocinski06-Jan-2013 16:57
Classic "tree up shoot" image. Bet they were Owls that you heard "scream".
Terri Steele06-Jan-2013 15:28
Goosebumps.... the words, and the photo... well done.
mikiruaq06-Jan-2013 14:39
nice one, it looks like the trees want to grab you and throw you in to the unknown.
Laryl06-Jan-2013 08:10
I've sure missed reading your words.. so happy to see you back as one of us again, just having fun! I still rarely say much under my images, perhaps I figure no one really cares to hear what I have to say. reading your descriptions once again makes me wish I could share like you do, and have people enjoy it. well anyway, glad to see you!!
Cindi Smith06-Jan-2013 06:42
This has the feeling in it that you were experiencing! Exxcellent work here!
clark langley06-Jan-2013 04:23
I like it
John Buffin06-Jan-2013 03:39
I'm sure there was enough lead in your pocket to drop an elephant.

So did you lay on you back for this one?

It's a good view.
Ed Preston06-Jan-2013 03:35
I missed learning from you, oh I couldn't come close to the quality, I don't have the equipment but just about every post you make, someone learns something! Jim your quite a teacher! I'm afraid I'm not in shape to "tramp out in the woods" anymore but I can and will pick up something from this, thanks for sharing your knowledge! Well done! VOTE!
David Sands06-Jan-2013 03:00
I hunt a stand of woods in Erie County that has woods that "don't" invite people in. They are alive and I don't care what anyone thinks, every time I walk those woods going into my tree stand for either bow or gun season I am creeped out. I know every acre of the area I am in and it puts out a feeling I can't explain. This view is very much like one I have known for years. Well shot...
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