Bullish Memories

My dad and I were driving down Colorado Highway 50 heading home from a long weekend trip fishing down along the Gunnison River (my trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison earlier this year) and I was just staring out the window watching the miles pass. I noticed this red barn coming up which started to peak my interest.

There have been many times in the past driving along that I wish I would have captured some sunset, some cloud formation, an abandoned car along the side of the road and I decide to keep driving. Inevitably I start kicking myself for not stopping a few minutes to capture the image.

We approach this red barn and I notice there is this single bull standing out in front of the barn.  What a great scene!  I yell over to my dad to STOP the car.  Dad yells out “What’s wrong?!”  I swing open the door, run out to this field along the side of the road, dSLR in tow and snap this scene.  I think this bull is asking who this nut job is.  I get back to the car and my dad is shaking his head and I’m smiling ear to ear!

This weekend I’ve finally had a chance to really dig through the images from the trip down to the Black Canyon. I can’t believe I passed up this image in processing. My dad’s been asking me for pictures from the trip so I’ve decided to put together a book for him from our trip. It was a special weekend together, that male bonding weekend. This image is going in the book.  It’s just one of those crazy fleeting memories together. Hopefully it brings a smile to his face. I know it brought a smile to my face.

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Capture Notes:

  • I know the feeling. Sometimes I am just too lazy. But when I do get out and work for a shot, I am rarely dissapointed! Well done. This shot is a classic.

  • Well done getting this shot Rick! The story is great that we as photographers can relate too. My family has begun to just accept it, haha!

  • Great story, one of those fond memories that lasts forever. 🙂

    I’ve been in that boat all too often, wishing I had stopped for a shot here or there. This one really came out nice, Rick. No bull… hehe!

  • A familiar story. Life is harder for me as I do most of the driving – harder to keep your eye on the road and spot the opportunities. Bonding is good – in my case I’m the dad, and my son is often the boss! Hopefully we will get a bonding week on the ski slopes this winter.

  • Great story Rick. The image is nicely done but it will be the memory of the moment that will last forever.

  • it’s like you arranged the shot Rick, so perfect! well done!

  • Great post Rick! I’ve been in that position before where I just have to take a shot regardless!
    This has a real classic shot look to it with those vivid blues and greens. Top stuff mate!