How wonderful it is when we get to see animals in the wild.
That surge of excitement overtakes me, the thrill of watching even a fleeting glimpse of a retreating deer, an eagle taking flight, or even tracks in the dried mud.
But one day, I stood still, and so did he. He posed for me. He knew he was terribly beautiful, even majestic.
Slowly, I raised my camera, capturing him. He stood, his two mates gathering closer to him. They were so beautiful, so grand. But he was giving himself to me in that space of time, in the beauty of the moment. I felt so grateful.
I painted two paintings from that day.
Truly a gift.