I spend a lot of time at Lake Fayetteville and have for many, many years. After today’s incident, I thought it would be a great time to share some images I shot there earlier this summer.
I was running along and lost in thought. I rounded a switchback and almost ran into a…. BUCK! Seriously, I didn’t even think to count points but I would say there were 4 or so on his good antler. Poor guy was a little lop-sided.
So it’s me, 15 feet and this buck (and my running partner who is somewhere up ahead). I start talking to it, shuffling my feet, pretty much trying everything to get this thing to get off the trail. Nothing. It stops eating, looks at me and then puts it’s head back down. Well, we’ve established territory and it’s not moving.
I’m close to the paved trail that runs alongside the dirt trail, so I thought I would just hop on it and finish my run… except there is a couple headed toward me. This buck is pointed in their direction, and all I can think about is the mountain biker and the antelope. If you haven’t seen the video, you have to check it out! click here! Needless to say, I had to hang out until they passed before trying to catch up with my partner.
Just another random encounter on that trail. (snakes, armadillo, fox, deer, turtles) It’s so fun to live 15 minutes from a great trail run through the woods, wild animals and all! Seems like there’s never a dull moment!
So I shot these images early one morning in June. I can’t tell you how many mornings I have run across the spillway at sunrise and watched the boats silhouetted against the rising sun. I’ve been out many mornings to try to take photographs, but none are quite as beautiful as the days when I don’t have my camera.