|"Mommy, wait for Me!"|
Olympus E-3 with ZD 50-200mm
1/400s, f/4, ISO 100, 200mm
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—Go to work, then go home. Take the same nearly mindless route over and over. The 365 project has challenged me to slow down and to take roads less traveled. On the way home today I took a section of Lake Underhill I haven't traveled on in years. There, I happened to drive by a pasture with a mother cow and her calf heading home, as it were. I pulled off and then walked back to where I could see and photograph them both.
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"
The mother kept a constant pace, while the little one would stop as all little ones are wont to do to check out some special object it had come across in its travels. Then, seeing that mom was outside of its comfort zone, the calf would suddenly run to catch up, then stop to check out something else that had just caught its eye, then repeat...
Whether it's puppies, kittens, kids, or calves, there are some behaviors that are universal.
Update 13 January 2011
The photo made it into Flickr's Explore (#413) for 12 January. I don't go out of my way to try to make Explore, but every once in a while I bumble into it.
Update 2 January 2011
And just as quickly it got dropped from Explore. Oh well.