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Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I missed the deadline for IHF's photo contest this week but I'll still post this since it was one of my favorites from a recent trip and I thought it fit the IHF theme of Wind. Over the weekend I visited the plains of Colorado. The wind intensity was second only to the Ring of Kerry in Ireland.

This photo was taken at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg. The sanctuary is an illustration of both sadness and hope, where exotic animals are rescued from dire and often abusive situations. Here they are cared for, rehabilitated, and allowed to roam in wide open stretches of land for the remainder of their lives. I'll post photos of the animals soon, but the picture below shows the flags waving (and, as you'll notice, ripped to shreds!) by the intense wind of the Colorado plains. The woman in the photo stepped into the frame at just the right moment, hanging on to her hat (and her camera!) while casting her eyes towards the lions in the distance.

This is wind.

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Andie Zimmerman said...

Great capture, Jen! Did you thank the lady for the added touch? :) Looks like you guys had fun! Is this taken with your 35mm, or did you get another lens for the trip? I love the colored flags!

Jen O. said...

Thanks, Andie! No, I didn't get to thank the lady, though I wish I could in hindsight. My original intent was to capture just the flags blowing, but as it turns out, she made a great addition to the composition. This was taken with my new lens, the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. Love, love, love it! It didn't leave my camera the entire trip.

Deb said...

I missed the deadline this week for the same reason, so you're not alone. :)

Love the photo - that truly captures the feeling of a gusty day!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Sorry - somehow my original comment went before I'd finished putting in my info!