A Moose is Loose in the Garage



These photos were taken on Saturday June 13, 2015 at 2:40 AM.

The location was in the driveway entrance to a moderately priced hotel in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The "Take It!" came when I went to toss the peal from a banana into a trash receptacle that I had eaten along the way to this property which I visit on a regular basis at this early time of day.  This toss the peel program at this location happens on a semi regular basis and calls for me to watch my step.  It is where cars pull in having been out on the road making their way to this destination, thus bringing all sorts of road pickup with them such as snow, Ice or just  plain old rain.  Sometimes there are pooled water spots from where the car has released the collected humidity from inside the vehicle.  So, it is a sort of drips and leaks magnet location.  I am a life long fan of imagining shapes from having been introduced to the magic of it, as a child watching clouds with my parents.  With little difficulty, this imagining can be applied to all sorts of mediums and situations.  

In this instance, the shape of the female or very young male (pre antlers) that had been formed on the floor made itself apparent to me immediately.  The only difficulty was in there being an overhead light fixture with florescent lit bulbs that reflected off of the formed puddle, that distracted from focusing in on the detail of the shape.  This called for me to move about to find a vantage point to keep out the reflected light.  In the top photo I was able to accomplish this fairly well, with just a smidgen of light showing up in its ear.  Some have said, this looks like a tag, sometimes attached to animals for identification.  

After having made the first photo, I thought it might be fun to go back and rather than escape the overhead light, see how much of it I could include into the shape.  The results, are an amazing contrast in numerous ways.  I did not have time to linger to take in the offerings of this second shot right then, as had to get back out on the road to make our rounds.  

The After Take: It was filled with fun as I shared the images with individuals that I come in contact with on a regular basis that generously give me some of their time to share their observations of my work.  They all seemed to enjoy taking in the story of the care taken to obtain the first photo, and then seemed to take further glee from my decision to take the second shot with the provocation being to just see what it would bring.  The shared reward of joint (in this case "pooling") of our imaginations was just grand.   

To be fair, this was the start of a day that offered several great chances for imagination to have its way, not for just me, but also for those who kindly gave me their time to join in on, the run of the fun of it all. 

Thank you for taking a moment to share in this gift.

All the best to you,


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Comments: 8
  • #1

    Sally (Tuesday, 31 January 2017 18:08)

    The contrast between the two images is stunning. This very well may be my new favorite set of pictures. Great work!

  • #2

    Jim (Tuesday, 31 January 2017 18:08)

    The moose looks like she's frowning in the lower picture.

  • #3

    SF1967 (Tuesday, 31 January 2017 18:10)

    You took these photos back to back? I really thought one was taken during the day and the other at night.

  • #4

    Yuppie7 (Tuesday, 31 January 2017 18:10)

    really cool pics. has kind of a ying yang thing going on lol.

  • #5

    MHampy (Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:27)

    Spot on with this one. I can see a moose perfectly.

  • #6

    Gabe (Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:28)

    Its funny I was gonna say the moose looked sad in the darker picture but someone beat me to the punch.

  • #7

    xXRodriguezXx (Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:03)

    A close friend of mine brought me here yesterday. I am big into photography as well and I was extremely pleased to see you have what looks to be years worth of photographs here. I really look forward to going through your works. I'm more of an observer than reader but this looks like a lot of fun.
    -Zita Rodriguez

  • #8

    Teri (Wednesday, 01 February 2017 11:08)

    Great pictures! They are a complete inverse of each other. Amazing that you not only thought to grab that second picture but it turned out the way it did. A truly marvelous catch, really!!