What in the world?
What has six legs and two bodies? Bad photographic timing resulting in a missed high school cross-country runner, specifically the son of my long-time running friend, Donna. Just plain beastly photography on my part.
Donna keeps up with her son.
Here’s Donna, who was watching her freshman son Jordan during the same cross-country meet that the #2 son competed in last Friday.
Sidebar: Jordan and #2 were at the same meet but not in the same division. That’s because Jordan has incredible running DNA, thanks to Donna and her husband, Darrell, who are both great runners. Donna almost won the Houston Marathon many years ago, and she still posts sparkling times in races of all distances. Darrell, too. That’s why Jordan competed on the varsity for his high school, while #2 ran with the freshmen.
Sidebar II: Jordan is a mere three months older than #2. His older sister and my #1 son are just two weeks apart. The Mister and I endured Lamaze classes with Donna and Darrell with our older kids, because we had the same due date. It was no surprise that Kristen arrived exactly when she was due in late January, while #1 couldn’t be bothered to appear for another fortnight. Our sons are stuck with our DNA, which means that they need a competition for lazy, slow packrats to have a chance at winning a title.
Will we ever see what Jordan looks like?
When I saw Donna, I felt kinda smug, because I just knew I had gotten a decent photo of Jordan. But I figured I’d need another shot of him just to be sure I had the goods. I moved back up the course (a double loop for the varsity boys), and all of a sudden, there was Jordan! Running past me! Darn it! A side photo was the best I could do. And, as you can see, I didn’t exactly get all of Donna’s baby boy in that first photo. Kinda embarrassing.
Because Jordan’s school is in our district, I’m hoping I’ll get a few more chances to show what he really looks like from the front. That way we can see his handsome face! Yep, Jordan got his good looks from his parents, too!!
The beauty of cross-country
The cavalry is on its way!
I hadn’t taken cross-country photos in about 20 years, so I was excited about the opportunity to shoot something new with my Nikon D300 and 70-200mm lens. Cross-country is mostly a vertical sport, especially once the field thins out. But every now and then, there are horizontal photo ops.
I especially like the above photo, because two teammates of the runner on the left can be seen in the background. Almost as if they’re coming to his rescue!
Here’s another horizontal photo that seems to illustrate the basic nature of cross-country on parts of the course: The group is running in single file. They seem to feed off each other’s energy.
In the pink!
Long-time readers know how easily distracted I get when I’m shooting. I started to notice that some of the varsity and junior varsity girls were wearing pink cross-country shoes (which really make a crunching sound on the sidewalk, by the way), and that got me concentrating more on feet than bodies.
Beauty can come into play in sports in many different ways. The athletic movement of bodies and the easy flow of feet skimming over the ground. Especially if those feet are shod in pink shoes!