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Photos I Wish I Had Taken: Meril D

Photo: Meril D

Photo: Meril D

What a wonderful photo by Meril D.

I adore the simplicity of this image and how I get the shivers just looking at it. Can’t you feel the cold? Don’t you hear the low, muffled crackle of those heavy hooves as they step on the snow-covered ground?

I also love how the diagonal line of the buffalos is echoed by the limbs of the trees above them.ย  Together, they draw the eye from left to right creating a sense of movement that really makes the photo for me. Imagine if those branches were facing the other way. The picture wouldn’t be half as special would it?

What do you think of this photo?


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  1. Hey! I had an amazing time reading your post. I am not a huge fan of photography but I do love painting and drawing. I really like how you described the picture. It sure is a fascinating picture. I am amused by the simplicity of the the pic. The picture is so simple but yet it’s so detailed. This picture is a real example of the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

  2. I absolutely love the use of negative space here and the impact that it gives. Even these large animals (and a tree) are small in this big world.

  3. On 6 Nov 2016 9:57 p.m., “The Insatiable Traveler” wrote: > > Susan Portnoy posted: ” What a wonderful photo by Meril D. I adore the simplicity of this image and how I get the shivers just looking at it. Can’t you feel the cold? Don’t you hear the low, muffled crackle of those heavy hooves as they step on the snow-covered ground? I als” >

  4. Truly a masterpiece that words would struggle to contain… the tree’s branches seem like a supreme Shepard urging the buffaloes on, into the cold embrace of the whiteness’s purity, the single file imprints in the snow signifies trust not only of the lead buffalo but also of the beauty contained in silence. A lone Stars glow in the grey skies suggests a warm horizon beyond the intimidating coldness. Their bowed heads suggests a resigned path they must thread.. I love this image and its innumerable meanings.

  5. Great article

    On Sun, Nov 6, 2016 at 3:54 PM, The Insatiable Traveler wrote:

    > Susan Portnoy posted: ” What a wonderful photo by Meril D. I adore the > simplicity of this image and how I get the shivers just looking at it. > Can’t you feel the cold? Don’t you hear the low, muffled crackle of those > heavy hooves as they step on the snow-covered ground? I als” >

  6. OH, yes, what a great image. I too wish I had taken it. Something to aim for when next in a snowy field with buffalos and a lone tree ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I felt the cold, definitely! The alignment from the buffalos kinda looks like the shade from the tree, in a creepy way, don’t you think?
    Very nice picture, I wish I could see that scene live!

  8. This pic is ABSOLUTELY stunning. It has so many elements. A feeling of mystery and atmosphere. A fascinating tension between the trees, animals and negative space. Makes me think a bit of the way Ansel Adams shot snowcovered trees in a way that looked so majestic and almost other-worldly. Thanks for sharing, and I wish I took that photo too, lol!

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