Dusk Arrival 1

Miles Moody

Boone, United States

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The day was drawing to a close, a day spent in the heart of the Tennessee Smoky Mountains, in a little valley where it seems to me that magic can happen about any time at all. Any day in Cades Cove is a good day, I’ve found. Maybe it’s a personal bias running amuck in my cranium to believe like this, but the notion has taken my heart in tow and where my heart goes, I’m soon to follow.

My chest was full, expanded to its limit on mountain air and buoying me along in the feeling of being just where I’m supposed to be. My camera then was an F5 loaded with Fuji Velvia ASA 50 slide film that I felt certain already had some great stuff recorded to it. So I was not too terribly disappointed that the last light in an overcast day was passing into oblivion….when I looked to see one of my best wild animal friends in the world headed in my direction. I was standing on the banks of a gully that I gauged to be of a depth just about right for a good Christian burial (i.e. six feet deep), when the voice of my heart takes a break from its usually still small subtlety and screams to me to get myself into that gully pronto! I’m lucky I didn’t land square on my nose, I took the leap so fast. And as he arrived at the gully lip, my old buddy, my deer friend simply stopped and stood there while I finished a roll of thirty-six and shot my way through half the next one. Then he turned and retraced his steps around to a different route leaving me there to be swallowed up in the kind of gratitude that doesn’t ask questions or attempt to suppose as to why something wondrous has just happened and I was there in the middle of it, but not just this. I was carrying proof (continued with Dusk Arrival 2).

Nikon F5, 175 mm, F/2.8, 1/120 sec, Gitzo Tripod, Wimberley Head, Fuji Velvia 50, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee, USA

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