As I mentioned the other day, Camera has been speaking up lately about his desire to be set free from his case. I told him that it is really November’s fault; there just isn’t much about this month that makes me want to take pictures. The gorgeous flowers of summer are gone, the brightest of foliage has passed, the frivolity of Halloween over for another year. I find the “brown” of this month uninspiring. Camera didn’t care and wasn’t taking any of that for an excuse.
I was getting ready to take the dogs for a walk in the woods yesterday since the rain had stopped and the sun came out and the temperature outside was reasonable. The leashes are stored in the same room as Camera. He knew what I was up to, and insisted on coming along.
“Camera,” I said, “there isn’t going to be much out there worth shooting.”
“Let me be the judge of that,” Camera responded.
“But Camera,” I explained, “no one is coming with me on the walk but Daphne and Teddy, so there won’t be anyone to hold the leashes while I take a picture.”
“Nonsense,” scoffed Camera, “you know me now. You can handle both the dogs and me!”
“I don’t know…” I hesitated.
“I do,” Camera insisted, “Now let’s take that walk.” And so we did. Camera was right and wrong. Some of the shots didn’t have the focus I would have liked, probably due to a last minute tug at the leash as the shutter was pushed. But we did find a few interesting things to take pictures of, despite November.
Shadows ready to head out on their walk
Our path along the powerlines in the woods
… red unknown berries, providing some late color
Puddles along the path after a couple days of rain
Nosy dogs trying to reach the swamp along the side of the path
Late afternoon sunshine, brightening the walk home.
“Okay, Camera, we did get a few nice shots. I promise to try not to let November discourage me from using you.”
“Thank you,” said Camera, “And you’re welcome.”
See, it has got to be a male camera – so smug about being right!