Tuesday, July 20, 2010

just a beat behind

it's not that often that you see eight brand new john deere combines driving down the road. it's not that often that a mile-long bridge is closed while eight shiny new combines cross it. it's not that often someone hires an arial photographer to photograph their line of combines. and even less often is your child onboard the lead combine in the convoy. so if you miss your opportunity to photograph said combines, that's it, it was probably the one shot you were going to get at such a thing in your lifetime.

but what if your one shot at such a photo opportunity coincides with one of those days. one of those days when everything you do is just a few beats behind? you JUST miss the bus or train as it's pulling away. the person ahead of you gets the last freshly-squeezed juice from the case. you're late for work and there's a long line at starbucks. you're just a little bit too late for everything you want to do.

well, on the big combine day, we had one of those days.

we were supposed to be ahead of combines, to catch them coming AT us across the bridge.
but as you can see, we were behind them.
so after the bridge, we made a series of bold moves and passed them,
speeding ahead to strategically place ourselves at a curve in the road.
exactly where the line of combines would appear to best advantage.
and so we waited. 
and we looked for the best vantage point.
and we got a little bored and began to amuse ourselves.
there were quite a lot of cameras involved.
and a pair of binoculars.

and while we played around and took one another's pictures....
all eight combines turned off and never came past where we were waiting.


Stephanie Meade Gresham said...

I get camera clicky while waiting, too. Love this!

Anonymous said...

You do have a photo. I love the photos of the people waiting. Is that really an event? You just came from the midwest. You probably could have gotten that photo in a field working.

Numinosity said...

So would you call this a Sodak moment?

haha, I couldn't resist!

xoxo Kim

beth said...

LOL....this made me and my hubby totally crack up !
we live in wisconsin, and john deere is just 90 minutes from us in dubuque, iowa an we've never seen a combine convoy....

but thanks to you, i did :)

mrs mediocrity said...

Some days are just like that, from the moment you wake up. A sense of humor always helps...

Joanna Jenkins said...

A John Deere convoy-- how cool is that! Sorry you missed the pic you wanted but the ones you got are terrific :-)


spudballoo said...

Oh WOW how amazing/really annoying. Diggy is obsessed with john Deere's, he'd have loved this. Will show him later, it's a magnificent shot! x

ImplausibleYarn said...

Yeah but you still got a pretty great photo and a funny little story. How did such a grand occasion occur?

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Sammi said...

Bugger, indeed!

Hate days like those :/

Char said...

hahahaha.....oh yes...i hate it when i outsmart myself.

but looks like you had fun regardless.

Loredana said...

Some days no matter what, it's just going to continue in that domino effect. It's like from the moment you take a sip of your coffee and it tastes nasty and you look at the time and it's late and you know your bus is coming and leaving in 2 min. and you KNOW you're going to miss it. Then you get onto the train and the conductor says "we're having track issues, we'll be leaving shortly". Then you get to work and the elevator never gets there....uggh it's like you're trying to beat the clock and it's just NOT going to happen!

Elizabeth said...

Picture 5 of the Keeper is my favorite, it made me smile.