was published on the cover of the
San Francisco Bay Area magazine: Infants to Teens.
I made this portrait of Brian in the back yard of his family's mountain home.
Brian gave me a grand tour of their wooded acreage and eagerly showed me
the many wood piles his father had carefully stacked for the coming winter.
Then he showed me his hunting skills for blue belly lizards!!!
His techniques were flawless,
amazingly simple and yet extremely effective.
He would spy an unsuspecting blue belly lizard sunning itself
on one of his father's warm wood piles.
Then ever so quietly, he would sneak up behind it,
flick it with his littlest finger until the lizard sat
stunned and quiet.
While in a daze,
Brian scooped them up in his hands
and slide them down a slick plastic milk jug.
We are not talking about an amateur lizard hunter,
but a professional!
Brian was a good sportsman, too.
He enjoyed the hunt,
and by releasing all of them at days end,
he guaranteed himself another
delightful hunting adventure.
I captured several beautiful
shots of Brian at play, but I wasn't satisfied with them
until , weary from hunting, Brian sat down
on a wood pile and began playing with a couple
of kindling sticks.
Suddenly, Brian got a splinter in his middle toe.
Just then a cloud came overhead and provided
beautiful diffuse light.
As Brian picked at his splinter,
I kept snapping my shutter until I saw a perfect piece of art!
Al though it has been quite a while since
I have enjoyed such a marvelous day with my young friend,
I often think of him and remember him in my prayers.
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