Even when I go teach chess at a K-6 school, I always have my camera with me. Some of my students have noticed that and asked me about the camera since it’s a large DSLR and not just a phone camera. I explain that I don’t want to miss a picture if Mother & Father Nature present me with something really nice.
As I was driving home this afternoon from one of my chess classes, I could see that Mother & Father Nature were going to create a pretty nice sunset.
Traffic was cruising along at 70 mph when suddenly, as I rounded a curve, traffic came to a complete and instantaneous stop. I tried to avoid the cars in front of me, but it was too late. I went careening and screeching along the shoulder of the freeway and finally lost control. As I hit the car in front of me, still going about 60 mph, my car burst into flames. The force of the impact caused the car I hit to flip upside down. As I began to crawl through the window of the car door to get out of my burning car, I saw that the impact had thrown my camera from the seat into the windshield where it had lodged. Although the freeway was of a north-south orientation, I was now facing west. I noticed that the sunset still looked nice and that my camera was pointing directly at it. I quickly looked through the camera’s viewfinder and snapped the following picture, after which I pulled my camera out of the windshield and dragged it through the car door window after me.
I have titled my picture “The Three Amigos,” and although I did snap that shot through the car’s windshield, a dirty windshield at that, paragraph three above is complete fiction. However, traffic was crawling along at about 10 mph, so the “crawl” part in paragraph three is true…………lol
Moral of this story: Always keep your camera handy. That means “with you” and “close by.”
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