short shots December 2019, 380 words
It was a bitter cold winter day as the snow fell, covering all of the cars, parked alongside the city street. It was a day in which few people showed their faces outside because of the frigid temperature.
Tucker Scott, however, was not just anybody, and he wasn’t going to let the weather dictate to him what he could or couldn’t do. He did what he had a mind to do. Tucker is a local boy from the city, who is autistic, he is an eighteen- year -old senior at PS 21. Tucker has an active imagination and lets nothing stand in his way as he dreams of becoming a photographer.
Tucker gets on the elevator with his camera in hand, as he usually does. As he walks outside he notices the cold is showing in each breath he takes. But he doesn’t mind. He wants to capture nature in the raw.
He walks to a nearby park where he knows there is always much wildlife to capture on film. He is by himself and as always very quiet. He took his hand and brushed the snow aside in a pile, clearing a spot to place the kernel corn to layout on the ground in the hopes some wildlife would come to get it.
He stepped back and took a seat on the park bench while watching the bluejays and the cardinals fly in and feed on the kernel. Tucker began aiming the camera and shooting the film as the birds ate. Before too long, a squirrel came to feed as well… it took a piece of corn and then two and so on then it ran back into the woods to hide it.
Tucker spent an hour or so taking all sorts of photographs of beautiful snow, which drooped over everything in sight. He also had close up photos of the striking red male cardinal against a backdrop of white snow. The bushy-tailed squirrel, on hind legs with its front paws full and together as if in prayer. Tucker was pleased with all of the beautiful pictures he had taken, He wanted to share them with his family, As the digital photos were already preserved. He would take them home, develop them, and create a book of winter’s Nature.