Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There be Light

Let there be Light
Daylight slips unseen centre stage revealing another cloudless sky. The deer hunter is already on the look-out traversing the parched grassy upland, his boots wet from the dew, his senses alert to the sound of hooves on the hard ground, unexpected movement or the silhouette of deer against the bright horizon. His binoculars sweep the landscape.

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He halts suddenly and crouches. A small herd of deer lead by a fine buck graze on the edge of a wooded valley. He sets the sight on his rifle takes a deep breath and grips the trigger. He doesn’t shoot for he cannot be absolutely certain to get a fatal shot. Patience is vital. The herd, oblivious to the danger drift into the wood and disappear from view and the chance has gone.
The deer settle in the shade of the trees as the sun rises quickly sucking up the dew and bathing the grass in golden light.

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7 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There be Light

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    Ha! sorted. You’d got switched off. Sorry!

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    For some reason I no longer get email notifications when you post…?

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  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Fab photos Tony, especially the landscape. Where was it taken? I hope that nasty man didn’t get any deer 😦

    • 2far2shout says:

      Gilly, this was taken at dawn in Western Victoria, Australia.
      The hunter is hired to cull deer so the herds have enough of the sparse grass and foliage. It’s a necessary job to be done by all who farm (manage) animals.
      He admitted later that he didn’t shoot the buck because he knew I was uneasy about his brief. He is a good man; a tracker and expert on all matters of nature conservation. He has no ego….

  5. Tish Farrell says:

    That first shot is so atmospheric. All sorts of stories…

    • 2far2shout says:

      Yes I agree with you, possibilities abound. I asked the hunter (friend of friend) whether he deliberately didn’t shoot because he knew I was at least ambivalent about his quest. Like the man from Delmonte, he said yes.

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