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close to sunset, a bunch of sparrows line up on a power line, as they head home...
December 1988, i was eight years old and had been promoted to 4th grade after securing 3rd position in the final exam, i asked my dad to buy me an air gun as a gift for my achievement, he agreed and bought me a beautiful Diana air gun... then, a few weeks later, my bro and i went with dad to our farms (same place where this photo was taken) and we set out to try the new air gun, which was too heavy for us kids... i spotted a sparrow and aimed at it, it hit it in the eye and the bird was dead in no time... we were all smiles, my brother and i... but upon returning home with the dead bird, my mom started cursing and thrashing us, she was so deeply disappointed in us for having shot that poor bird that she used every word in her vocabulary to express her anger and disappointment...
i thank mom for 'converting' me that evening... for instilling in me a hatred for hunting... because later, as i grew up, i developed a strong love for animals and and equally strong abhorence for hunters...thanks to my mom and the online articles against hunting, written by my hero, the famous canadian pro wrestler, Bret Hart... (the best there is, was and ever will be)
20 years later... same power line, same birds, only this time, i smiled looking at these birds and while i took their photo, it felt great :)
for this shot, i tilted the heavyweight Big Boy (70-200) lens, to get the powerline running diagonally across the frame..
thanks for reading and for viewing :)
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