what appears to be shrubs of various sizes moving away

The Herd Migrates in Family Groups

When I saw them, I felt sure they would make a good picture. Afterwards, there wasn’t much to do. I trimmed, adjusted contrast, sharpened it up. The result was interesting.

Then I made it black & white… and burst out laughing. I didn’t even know why.

Only later did I figure it out. Without the colors for context, you really don’t know what this is. Even in color, there were no clues to scale. But now your imagination is left unsupervised to play with the form and texture.

The white stringy things seem to me to indicate movement away from the viewer, like a wake left by a boat. And the varying size of what appear to be the same kind of creature suggests that these are adults, juveniles, and young, traveling together as families.

I especially like the little group just to the right of center–a mother and her young perhaps. At this time, determining gender is only guesswork.

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What the camera saw:
herd migrates in family groups, as shotThese are actually clumps of moss, growing on a large wall. The top is not far above–the edge of a grassy terrace. When they mow the lawn up there, some of the grass falls over the edge, which is slightly sloped, and some of it catches on the moss and dries.

Clearly the clumps are indeed all of the same species, but I am sure that they do not move very quickly.

 

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