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It was late on a November afternoon when I had driven back in the hills of Pine Knob Ky. I was looking for an isolated home that lies on a private lake that may be for sale. Since I didn’t know the area, I didn’t want to venture too far from the car. It was only a few years ago that our local librarian was killed by a pack of wild dogs when she went out in the country by herself to photograph an old abandoned house or school, I never knew which one for sure. I have also had to make a quick retreat from aggressive dogs, back to the the safety of my car on more than one occasion. I have even had one dog leap up on the car and try to get in by the window. Always keep my windows rolled up when I am getting out of the car after that.I had called out to see if anyone was around to hear me or to answer questions as to where the property was that I was looking for. Also I figured that if I made enough noise that if any dogs that could be a threat to me would hopefully start to bark and I could quickly get back into my car. I was at the bottom of a long steep hill when I actually felt the intense stare that I was about to encounter. She never made a sound or flinched a muscle, just stayed frozen with that stare. I had started up the hill when I spotted her & quickly backed down the hill never taking my eyes of her. She was magical! I took a few photos of her once I was back at the bottom of the hill and near my car. Then I left. As I was driving back down the gravel road in the hills some man in a jeep came flying up at me! I just waved and kept going. I guess since there is only one way in or out of the place people notice someone that is not from that area and check you out.Photo was taken with Sony A77v on 11/23/2012 at 5:02 PM

Minolta 75-300mm lens at 300mm. F/5.6 1/90 sec. ISO 400

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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 2 years ago

    Oh how gorgeous – I am dazzled ☺

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonalmost 2 years ago

    Kira took the words out of my mouth! Love the intensity in the eyes ..

  • Babcia
    Babciaalmost 2 years ago

    Nice capture!

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    debsphotosalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your well-deserved Feature!
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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 2 years ago

    03-20-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been selected for a feature in ★ART UNIVERSE★

    Please click the banner and write a comment on your feature page – we would love that♥

  • tinypaws
    tinypawsalmost 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!!Well done .

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! Your WONDERFUL image is being FEATURED in the group, “Eye Contact!!!”

  • Tarrby
    Tarrbyalmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic work, a fave for me.

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Amazing story and fine photography, Melinda. Getting killed by a pack of wild dogs sounds like something out of novel. Unimaginable. This dog’s stare is extremely intense and intelligent.

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on your feature in SUSA!
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