To select just one photo is an impossibility. Like choosing a favourite song or book, it is something that I could spend hours thinking about, only to change my mind at a later point.
Instead, I’m going to pick a moment. One of the things I love about having countless photos is being able to look through them and see something different. I also enjoy being able to recall the essence of the point in time in which the shot was taken.
Last autumn I was driving from one country town to another. It was late in the afternoon, and I was travelling on unfamiliar roads and trying to get there swiftly yet safely. There wasn’t much traffic heading in the same direction, and I was keeping an eye on the surrounding areas, mindful of wildlife that might venture onto the road. This included seeing a couple of wedge-tailed eagles in flight, and I followed these beautiful birds as they circled and found something of interest in a grassy stretch. Further along the road, as I was winding up through hilly country, I pulled over as there was an emu in a paddock. I lost all sense of time and urgency as I watched it move back and forth along the fence line, making the deep clucking sound in its throat that always surprises me with emus.
I was saying my farewells when I turned and looked west. The last light of the day was seeping away, but there was a golden slant along the horizon, forming a backdrop to a row of wind turbines straddling a distant ridge.
So whilst this isn’t my favourite shot, it is one of many that pulls me back into a moment. Looking out over countryside as far as I can see, feeling the wind tug about me with the emu making its noises nearby. Being lost for a time in the grandeur of the everyday, and being grateful now for not only having that moment, but for having an image to remind me of how it felt to be right there, right then.
I’m participating in this blogging challenge for the month of January, which supports starting the year on the “write” track. You can find out more about the challenge, join in and read other posts here.
Photo: sunset at Sofala, NSW