Sure, there have been other photos in the last 70+ days that could have been cleaner, sharper, more nuanced. But today, today was the day that one got away on me. M and I left for school today in a fog that was both figurative and literal. It was an exceptionally bad morning in what has been a long line of pretty crappy days. We walked along in a world clouded in a thick autumn mist when she stopped me and said, "Look Mommy! Isn't it pretty?" What she saw was two tiny, perfect spider webs strung between Scotch thistles that had gone to seed. In the fog, the webs sparkled in perfect symmetry. The thistles were positively alien in appearance. I grabbed the camera and quickly, unthinkingly, snapped a half dozen shots. Because we were running late for school, I couldn't dilly dally, so I turned off the camera and we soldiered on after sharing this moment of beauty.
About 40 minutes later, she was at school and I was almost at work when I decided I needed to take a couple more shots of the fog before the sun burned it off. I turned on the camera and that's when I saw the message "no memory card." Gasp. Surely, I had lost my card--my card with over 1,000 images on it. I must've lost it somewhere after taking the web shots. My stomach lurched. I wavered and weighed my options. Then, I retraced my steps--to no avail. Ultimately, I returned home, only to find the camera card sitting on the bench inside the front entranceway. By then I was very late for work and the fog had lifted. When I wandered by the webs later, they were torn. In the bright sun, they faded into the background. The shot was forever lost.
So instead, I give you this.
How about you? Do you have a big fish story?