Who knew that macro photography could be so fraught with danger. Okay, maybe that is a little too dramatic. It’s more likely that when you combine a total klutz (me) with learning a new skill (photography) and a propensity for taking photos up close things are just bound to happen.
In reality most of my misadventures have had nothing to do with me being klutz which is a whole other aspect of life with Andi, trust me! I fall up stairs (and down them as well); burn myself, cut myself, bruise myself, you name it. Somehow in 42-years I have managed to never break anything so I really can live with the rest, even if it means I will never be a leg model (because of all the awesome scars..and not the fact that I am only five feet, okay four-eleven-three-quarters tall).
But I digress.
You see this little beauty?
Well this photo is not the first one of these I spotted. Nope. When we started the Zion Overlook Trail I noticed them right away and knew I wanted to take a photo of it. I like taking macro shots, so I walked off the trail to this spot to take its photo.
I was leaning down to get the shot the way I wanted. I needed to get closer so I continued stepping down the side of the hill to do just that. I got the flower in the frame when I heard the distinct sound of a rattle.
As in rattlesnake.
I don’t think I have ever moved so fast in my life as I removed my foot from that rock and scrambled back up the path! (Don’t worry Mom and Dad, as you know I am alive and well.)
I spent the rest of the hike on the path and making as much noise as possible just in case the snake had friends.
Then in the afternoon we spent time on Kolob Terrace checking out the view from that side of the park. We had the road to ourselves and made a lot of stops for photos. I love the cactus flowers, I think they are called thistles, and I have taken my fair share of them in Valley of Fire, Sedona, etc.
They were everywhere. I stopped on the side of the road to capture some yellow ones which I hadn’t seen before. And the same seemingly harmless looking flower that I had befriended time and time again attacked me!
Well not the plant itself, but rather an infestation of practically invisible gnats (I later learned the Indians call them noseeums) and they bite!
When I reached down to take this shot I got them all over me. You can imagine the sight of me running around like a mad women trying to get them off of me. Needless to say I am not so keen on these flowers any more and will be very wary of capturing their photo in the future.
What about you? Have you had any photo drama?