I just posted this on another forum that currently has a rather prolific thread going on "rubber ducks". Since this certainly qualifies as "Outdoor Photography" (I was, after all, outdoors when I shot it! LOL), I thought I'd share it here as well...maybe give a few folks a good smile
. For the record, all images of course were shot by me with a Canon Rebel XT and Sigma 17-50mm lens. No processing on these (other then RAW)...I wasn't worried about my usual artsy flare as much as just using the images for the story. This is probably as close as I'll ever get to "journalistic photography"! LOL!!!
"The Great Rubber Duck Escape of 2007"
- A (not so) epic drama by James T. Walczak.
As the Rebel Rubber Duck Army, or RRDA United, made their march downriver past the crowd of ignorant screaming peasants, they were sure victory and freedom would be theirs for the taking! The "Great Escape" had been months in the planning...every last detail had been carefully considered and the plan was now in place.
"Onward my noble countrymen!" Cried the leader of the rebellion as he led his comrades through the great and treaterous gorge of Porter's Creek, "Nothing can stop us now!"
"Swim! Swim for your freedom!", the great leader cried as he charged on, leading the revolt.
Onward they continued, a vast army of 500 rubber ducks. Their goal was clear...liberation from their human oppressors! "Freedom! Freedom!", they chanted as they made their way carefully past the humans who had utterly loathed them and had caused them so much grief and pain.
Everything up till now had gone precisely according to plan...until...
"Drat!" Yelled the great and fearless leader, "This debris is going to slow us down..." He could see that the strength of his smaller fellow countrymen was beginning to fade as one after another gave in to the tremendous tides of the creek which they battled against.
Gallantly he fought against the debris and the raging forces of Porter Creek. He fought and struggled until his superior size allowed him to break free of the flotsam that was clogging the river...
Alas, it was too late. His smaller brethren had been recaptured by the peasants who's tyranny and oppression they had struggled against for so many years. Before long, all the smaller ducks had been rounded up by the peasant's most potent and lethal weapon...the children!
Saddened by this devastating defeat and the loss of so many of his brethren, the great leader of the rebellion wandered aimlessly and alone through the water ways of the Northern Ohio wilderness.
Legend and prophecy tell of a day when the great leader of the RRDA United will return to free his people. A day when once again the Rebel Rubber Duck Army would be united and rise up against their oppressors...but that is a story for another day.
Have I totally lost it? Yea...very possible! LOL!!! BTW...this was of course all shot at the 2007 Great Duck Race, a charity fund raiser for the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center (the place where I volunteer). And yes, I had three ducks entered and no, I didn't win.
Oh...please don't feel sorry for the great leader and his comrades as they did raise several thousand dollars for the nature center! The great leader of the rubber duck rebellion -WILL-
return again next year once again to try and free his people and yours truly will be there, camera in hand, to capture the events as they unfold!
Bright Blessings & Gentle Duckies to you all!