Sunday, December 12, 2010

Kodak Moment?

The image above is Marymere Falls in Washington State. A few years back, my Dad and I were hiking back from this beautiful waterfall when the story below unfolded(it is reposted from my old blog). A few recent posts by other blog friends have reminded me of it so I thought I might get some more input here.

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You are walking along a path through an amazing and peaceful forest. Thick green moss hangs from the ancient trees while the sun, hidden by a canopy of leaves only peaks through occasionally to light the way. Almost without a sound a young deer emerges on the trail ahead and glances back to acknowledge you. She knows you mean her no harm. A small rustle in the underbrush indicates she is not alone. Silently you stand watching while her fawn, no higher than your knee and still wearing spots, carefully joins her. Together they pause no more than 30 feet in front of you before ambling along slowly, sampling the various plants along the way. They allow you to follow close behind before finally exiting the path a few hundred yards from their entry. As this scene unfolds before you, you are aware of the camera at your side. What would you do?

The scene described is one of a couple I have been blessed with in recent weeks. A memory that will remain with me for a long time, but not captured with a camera. In all such experiences, I can't bring myself to aim a lens due to a feeling inside that in some way the moment is cheapened by the attempt. It is a feeling I have learned recently that I share with more friends than I would have guessed. Your perspective would be greatly appreciated.

12 comments:

  1. Very interesting. Over the years I have changed my perspective on owning things but I guess I would've took the picture if possible. I do though have vivid mental images of situations/events as you described, embedded forever in memory. Beautiful memories. I have to think on this some more. Perhaps you've changed my perspective. Nice post.

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  2. Thank You Bob! Lately I think I have been more likely to try and capture the scenes I know would remain for a time and just enjoy the fleeting ones so I don't miss anything. So far so good :)

    -Mike

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  3. There are a lot of moments like this in life. Much more important for them to be inside. We can all imagine what you saw, but it is only in your heart.

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  4. In this case, Mike, I would have to say - no. Let it go. The best *logical* reason I can come up with is that your movement might scare them off. But really, it's more of a feeling I have, that this is one of those "live in the moment" moments, to cherish in memory (as you obviously do :) ).

    -Meg

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  5. Mixed feelings here. I don't usually carry a camera. I mostly try to soak up the experience directly. But there are a few photos of hiking experiences from my childhood that are treasures, and I'm glad I have them. I'm glad I have photos of family from years ago too. Don't look at them much but they are there. I wonder if getting the camera out, and the click, would have scared the deer away.

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  6. what a great moment..and yes sometimes it is better to have the moment in your mind and not in your camera!!

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  7. Memories of those moments will last forever.

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  8. I wouldn't have snapped a pic simply because it would have startled the deer.

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  9. There are so many really good photographers in blogland! I'm not sure how to explain this, but since I have been blogging I have been seeing more of the beauty around me.

    I dislike the heavy weight of the good camera, but my little one is often unable to capture what I see. I try to strike a balance. Pictures to tll my story, memories to keep in my mind's eye.

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  10. I have had moments where I am totally blown away. I have my camera with me and all I can do is just watch in wonder. Later I kick myself for not taking a picture. I am a person with few memories and I regret not taking more pictures. It depends on how awe struck I am. In this situation I probably would not take a picture and then kick myself later. Great post.

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  11. I could go both ways... Sometimes I choose not to take a picture because photos can really not do some moments justice. However a photo is a reminder for many years down the road when we may have almost forgotten that moment. I probably, first, would have thoroughly enjoyed the time without taking a photo, but after realizing I had my camera, probably would have tried to capture a shot. :)

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