(Continued from The Guardian 2) I shot this close up as he continued his silent watch care over his mate. His stance deviated little as she lay nearby. I was captivated and blessed with this private viewing of but one in millions of tiny natural miracles occurring every moment on earth. There was nothing about this to make it remarkable – at least nothing that physical eyes might bear witness to. I moved to leave but found my feet immobile as if I was tethered by the heart to something enormous in its significance.
Again I looked and nothing had changed and I wondered why I couldn’t leave. He stepped toward me and bent his head low moving his antlers in my direction….gently. I was too close to her and he wanted me to move back, but there was no threat here, only a simple request. I stepped back and he was satisfied, and I still couldn’t leave. Then I began to feel it, that sense of communion, and I recalled someone once speaking of a time when the lion lay at peace with the lamb. It is strange now to recall. There was this sense of interconnectedness such that we were free to make minor adjustments between us without the need for conflict. It wasn’t until I was filled up with this state of being that a sense of completion arrived for me and I left them taking it with me.
Nikon F5, f/4, 1/300, 200 mm, Fuji Velvia, Gitzo tripod, Wimberley head