The Weekly Photo Challenge from the folks on The Daily Post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/photo-challenge-unexpected/ is Unexpected. Unfortunately I failed to heed that well known saying about ‘expecting the unexpected‘ so the quality of some, if not all, of these pictures probably leaves a lot to be desired but then that’s the whole point. I was unprepared and the opportunity for getting the picture was unexpected.
Some years ago our camera club was invited to attend an event at Brookfield Zoo that featured a Monkees tribute band. I guess they thought it would be a great idea to have a bunch of people taking pictures, rather like the paparazzi, and we obliged. The band itself was quite good but what made the whole thing really rock was the unexpected appearance of Peter Tork from the original Monkees group.
An unexpected close encounter with a bison in Custer State Park. He snuck up on several of us photographers as we were taking pictures of some of his chums on the other side of the fence. This happened just after the annual round-up and we had foolishly assumed that all the animals were safely on the inside. I wondered why everyone was beating a hasty retreat and finally realized that there was only one other person between me and this slowly advancing resident of the park. I called out to warn the other guy and took the shot as I backed away towards the safety of the car.
You never know who you’re going to bump into at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I was just going in as well-known WGN weather expert Tom Skilling was coming out. Such a nice man, who greeted me, a total stranger, like a long-lost friend. There were lots of people trying to take pictures and he had a cheerful word for everyone.
An unexpected obstacle across the path was something I encountered during a walk around our local park one morning after a stormy night a couple of years ago.
I certainly wasn’t expecting to see this hawk perched on the back of one of my garden chairs, just a few feet from the back door, when I looked out of the window.
The opportunity for taking this shot was totally unexpected. Mum and I had gone for a walk at the nature center and were so engrossed in our conversation that we didn’t realize this deer was following us all the way down the path. When I finally turned and saw it, it was so close it was almost like it was listening in. It stood for several minutes, allowing me to take quite a few pictures (this was in the days when I used film) and then it lost interest and ambled off.