NW Photo & Video | Barefoot in the Bark

Barefoot in the Bark

This photograph

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,

mind you,

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.

 

 

 

Barefoot in the Bark

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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