It makes me want to dust off old dreams of travel and hiking, creating a desire to find a quiet place in the middle of a huge wilderness and sit and dream. (And take pictures, of course.)
Unfortunately, I hold not the talent for landscape and nature photography that Eric does. So instead, I live vicariously through his travel and experiences, and share some of them with all of you. Because it’s just the nice thing to do.
There’s a nice story behind this image, and though I keep asking him for all the details, this is all I know, quoted directly from Eric’s email:
“It’s a longer story for another day, but basically I had to wait for the elk to stop frolicking in the water so that I could get the reflection of the mountains back again.” 1/40s, F/14, 18mm, ISO 200
Are you kidding me?! (Oh, that’s me talking again.) Can anyone imagine me sitting and waiting for anything to happen– least of all waiting for elk to get out of the frame, so I can get what I want of the still reflection?! I’d probably want to be up in the elks’ faces, trying to showcase their personality with the gleam in the big guy’s eye or something. To have a fraction of Eric’s patience would be a blessing. (Paul thinks that would be nice if I did, too, I’m sure…)
Okay, I want to hop on a plane and visit Wyoming now. Can you imagine it in autumn?! So, if you want to live vicariously through his images, you can purchase Eric’s fabulous artwork on his site here: www.ericjvirkler.com. Methinks you’ll be glad you did.
-Henry David Thoreau, New England-born author, poet, naturalist