After a full day of exploring (remember my version of exploring with a family ages twelve to 17 months old is not what the twenty something with no children crowd calls exploring) my almost ten year old showed disappointment . His Junior Ranger book was called for him to see a few more animals. I knew, and he knew, midday on the mountain near the road was not the time to see large animals interested in safety. So I proposed a dusk big boy expedition with Grand Dad looking for big game! As you can see we were successful!
We saw lots of caribou, one moose in the far distance, and three sunsets as we again climbed the mountain looking for the elusive mountain goats with no success. Our little adventure resulted in rich discussions, and a chance to experience the wonders of the world through the shutter clicks and voice of an almost ten year old boy. His seriousness on completing his ranger mission made me proud. He is a boy focused on accomplishment, with a heart sensitive to caring for others along the way.
Those moments on this little jaunt up the mountain will be long remembered and cherished. It is why we must struggle from time to time to separate ourselves from the daily struggles of workplace survival, to reconnect with those around us. Even Jesus did it by walking up mountains to pray closer to his Father without the distractions of crowds and disciples! I know my moment of appreciation would only be a shadow of what the King of Kings would feel, but then again my burdens are a fraction of a shadow of those he bore.
So as I finished this day I was happy with a few good frames, the growth of my eldest son, and generosity of my father-in-law. It was an excellent day in of photographic discovery.
PS This is Mr Pentax K-5 with 60-250mm at 98mm (147mm in 35mm equivalency) , F8, 1/250 and ISO 800. Close lady caribou huh!