A Hunting We Did Go

WARNING: This post contains some graphic images, which may be unsuitable for younger or more sensitive readers.

Sunny wakes up every morning ready to hunt, but as for me . . . ehh, not so much.

About 6 years ago, I went squirrel and deer hunting. I’ve always been a good shot, and yes, I did shoot my first squirrel, but it’s not something I want to do again.

I’d much rather shoot with my camera!

I usually start my day with a strong cup of coffee and this verse on my mind:

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24 (NIV)

I see so much beauty all around me in every little detail. I can’t help but rejoice when I look out my window and see beautiful East Texas. Looks like a great time to go for a walk . . . NOT a hunt.

I love to get my Jackabee all worked up (cuz it’s sooo cute). So, I yell in a high pitched crescendo, “Wanna’ go for a walk?!”

Sunny excitedly shows her answer through exaggerated tail wagging, fast twirling, and high jumping. Her patience is tested to the max as I s-l-o-w-l-y grab my iPod, my camera, and my sunglasses. The second I open the door she’s outa’ there like a torpedo. This 19 lb dog with Herculean strength is pulling me up the hill to the road, where her adventure will begin.

Copyright:  2013 Morgana Horn

© 2013 Morgana Horn

I manage to take one picture and enjoy the sun and music for only a minute when her nose catches some fascinating scent, and she suddenly jerks me to the left.

Quickly, I untangle my ear buds, my camera strap, and my dog’s lead and begin frantically snapping pictures of Sunny and the rabbit hole she has found. (I hope I get some good pictures.)

Copyright: 2013 Morgana Horn

© 2013 Morgana Horn

(I’m not really in the mood to hunt right now, but that is indeed what we are doing.)

Copyright: 2013 Morgana Horn

© 2013 Morgana Horn

Copyright: 2013 Morgana Horn

© 2013 Morgana Horn

Whew!  Today’s hunt is done.

I know Sunny is happy and calm when I see her mouth WIDE open with her tongue hanging out.

Today, Sunny was able to hunt. Some days, she doesn’t get to hunt. The same thing goes for us humans. Some days go better than others. Those other days can seem really bad and get us into crabby moods.

But, we must remember that the LORD made each day, and we CAN rejoice and be glad in it; whether we get to “hunt” or not. I pray that each of you are able to find the joy in each day, and rejoice.

Waiting for That Decisive Moment

Photography is an art, and you can’t rush the process – even with the ready-in-an-instant digital camera. I love the moments when everything comes together quickly and easily for a perfect storm of artistic goodness.

Lately though, my projects require a lot of sitting . . . and waiting . . . and repeating the whole process to get the perfect picture. Improving my art and getting precisely what I want is a challenge, but totally worth it – when the decisive moment shows up.

Henri Cartier-Bresson was known for this concept of the “decisive moment” – that perfect moment when everything comes together to create a picture with balance and clarity. Trust me, patience and determination are definitely required.

Place de l'Europe, Paris, 1932 Copyright Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum

Place de l’Europe, Paris, 1932 Copyright Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum

Cartier-Bresson sat . . . and waited . . . until he spotted it – the decisive moment. He captured it immediately after the man reached the other side of the ladder.

I like that he took the picture before the man’s foot touched the ground. If the man was trying to avoid splashing in the water, it doesn’t look like he will be successful and land on dry ground.

The reflections in the water, of the man and the scene in the background, give the composition balance and unity. As you study the photograph, you can see how everything comes together to create a visually aesthetic moment in time: the decisive moment. Cartier-Bresson shows us that the photographer’s eye and mind intuitively recognize that moment when it arrives.

You can read more in his book – a great book to have in your home library.

I was recently reminded of Cartier-Bresson’s work when I heard my dog’s loud, screechy bark. I know that sound. She had found the scent of a rabbit. (I don’t want her to get hurt, but I know she needs to hunt.) Squeamishly, I let her go after it. Wildly and happily, she ran through the woods so fast that she was almost flying. How could I say no to that?

Meet Sunny. My smart, wild, and energetic Jackabee.

Sunny, the best doggy in the whole wide world!

Sunny, the best doggy in the whole wide world!
Copyright: Morgana Horn 2012

She looks pretty calm when she’s chewing out her frustration on a bone. BUT, don’t let that sweet face fool you!

Th-th-th-that’s right folks, it’s Wabbit season and my Jackabee and me are hunting wabbits.

Copyright: 2001 Warner Bros, Inc.

‘Toon in next time.