by Skip Cohen
It's time for the third installment of photographers finding joy while hunkered down. It's not easy to keep things in perspective, but it isn't impossible either! We'll make it through this if we can all remember we're not alone, watch each other's backs and turn off the news once in a while!
This has always been an industry of artists who worked together - don't be shy. Send me your images ( skip (at) mei500 (dot) com ) of things that are bringing you joy and creating a little light through the pandemic.
I'll make it even easier - just attach a low res image to your comment, wherever you're reading this, and we'll add it to the list of photographers who've been sharing photographs and videos.
And here's mine for this week...Lucy and Belle simply make us smile! They're both nine months old next week, and they definitely keep us laughing.
The Story - From Nick Vedros In the garden I noticed we had a mouse problem. They were eating in to bags of everything in our outdoor storage container. So I decided to catch the little devils and drive them a few miles down the road and release them into a nice field.
Each mouse I catch I pick a new destination to divert my mental state while this Coronavirus pandemic is going on. The creative mind needs constant fresh input. This is number 3 of mice being captured. Wait for it.
My 10 year old terrier instincts kick in and you can see how fast she can move to keep up with the mouse. The poor dog for the life of her cannot figure out why I let the mouse go and not give it up to her.
Levi Sim - I was out hunting hiking the other day when I had a close encounter that most life-long adventurers only dream about. I discovered a mountain lion -- a cougar, a panther, a catamount, a painter, a wildcat -- sitting in the sun 80 yards down the hill from me. He had killed a deer that morning, gorged on the tasty bits, and was now lolling about in the sunshine digesting.
He was like a house cat, rolling on his back, scratching his head, grooming his fur -- until he yawned and I realized just how large his mouth and teeth were. I watched him for 2 hours, fascinated. A magpie landed on his deer and he suddenly went into full prowler mode. His eyes grew large and he stalked toward his kill to pounce on the scavenging bird. The muscles in his back and legs were taught. It was amazing. Nothing like a big cat in a zoo. The bird flew off and the cat laid down and rubbed his back in the grass.
This is an experience that most people will never have in a lifetime spent outdoors. I feel blessed and better for it. Levi Sim (Please note: Levi is a responsible hunter and strictly for consumption. The mountain lion was not harmed.)
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