Joanna had sheep-to-shawl practice yesterday so we were off to Northumberland county for the afternoon. The team was prepared to complete a shawl at competition pace in just over two hours so I had some time to explore the surrounding country. The weather was grim save a very few brief glimpses of sun. I have mentioned, in other recent posts, that we have had a bit of early season snow. Although we had more on the ground at home than there was in Turbotville, the local township trucks had been busy and the roads were generally clear. I was traveling west when the isolated trees and shed below caught my eye. I stopped, backed up, and parked. I knew from a few brief forays into obliging cornfields that the snow was not deep, even for the 6″ top boots I was wearing. I switched on the hazards, got out of the car and closed the door; the D600 was on a strap around my neck. I turned to my left to cross the road … my eyes were set on the field as I transitioned from the hardtop to the shoulder. My mind imagined the picture I would take. What focal length would I use? Where should I position myself? Should I kneel? I was formulating answers to all of these questions as I moved off the shoulder and into the field. All of a sudden the earth heaved violently upward. Had there been a seismic event? Was I being swallowed by a gigantic sinkhole which had opened beneath me? Without concern for myself and in a flash of parental instinct I grabbed for the D600 and thrust it skyward. Thankfully my descent stopped abruptly as the level of the show hit just below my waist – I had been swallowed by the roadside ditch which was filled with recently plowed snow. How was I to know that the transition to the field wasn’t flat? After a furtive glance to see that no one had observed my embarrassment I brushed myself off and proceeded to compose the picture I had firmly established in my mind. I hope you like it.


16 thoughts on “Ditched

    • Thanks Leanne. Photoblogging has become an interesting daily (or nearly so) experience. Most times I get a picture and try to fix a story line to it … while other times I have a story line that I try to pretty-up with an image. It’s been fun to see which comes first. I saw the post you offered up today, the one about why you like photography. I’ve got to get back to reread it. Will respond later. D

  1. Ha ha! I would’ve loved to have seen your face as you were swallowed up by that snow bank! Good thing your instincts kicked in and you held up the camera! What lengths you photographers will go to to get a great picture! Seems as if the snow is giving you an interesting canvas. This one is particularly stark and simple.

    • Hey Gary. There was no ditch on the side of the road I had pulled off on to. Stupid me to not have checked first. I don’t think I’d be any good at walking across terrain where crevasses are common … I’d be a gonner. D

  2. That’s hysterical – as soon as you started describing what was happening, I suspected as such! Glad you were able to recompose and then able to compose – such a striking photo! Really cool! Thanks for a great share – I hope the shawl came out great, too!

    • The shawl came out AOK with about 17 minutes to spare … but they spun from an already-sheared-fleece. It takes about 5-10 minutes to shear in competition – so, I think they’ll be AOK. We’re off to the Pennsylvania State Farm Show next week to compete. Don’t tell anyone (TOP SECRET) … the theme for the team shawl this year is ‘Basket of Apples.’ Happy New Year to you. D

    • Yup … boy, was I surprised … made for a good story though. We went to State College yesterday to see ice sculptures … I’ll post about that shortly. I had a tough time with Joanna in all the toy stores (that’ll make more sense when you see her!). D

    • Yes … but what about the prose? These posts are supposed to be about BOTH images and stories. Did you read the story behind the picture? In any case … yes … I thought the image was subtle as well … I really liked the composition. D

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