I have met the enemy, and its name is FRISBEE GOLF. A large part of why I love photography is it gets you OUTSIDE in the the fresh air. As a photographer, you are in constant search of beautiful backdrops, many in the form of natural surroundings at state parks, on farmers’ fields, by the ocean, and even in backyards. I have been introduced to many places of wonder I never would have known existed if not for my photography, one in particular place being the Buffumville Dam in Oxford, where my first maternity shoot took place earlier this week. I call it a place of WONDER due to its beautiful winding road set atop a pyramid of rocks, overlooking a quaint fish pond and wooded picnic area lush with firs and pines. Mostly, however, because it made me WONDER what the future of our public parks and already limited open spaces is, as it seems they are increasingly at the mercy of becoming a frisbee disc golf course. Now please, I’m not against the “sport” itself. As I said, I’m all in favor of anything that gets people to spend time out of doors, get exercise and stay out of trouble. And while I do think it looks a bit ridiculous, I do admire the thought that went into inventing the cool looking catch-alls (for lack of knowledge of the actual name for those chain-laden-basketball-hoop-slash-torture-device-thingamajiggies). But when ENTIRE public spaces are taken over by a sport of this sort, it pushes away the people who I believe truly appreciate that environment and who visit the parks to sit and be still and reflect. Everywhere I go it seems another man-course is being put up in what was once a serene, wooded, scenic area fit for roaming freely and privately. Had I done my proper reasearch, and not just done a “drive-by” to scout the place out before my shoot, I wouldn’t have been surprised when a group of guys and their dog so rudely climbed up the dam and occupied the pavement located directly between my camera and my expecting couple and began throwing their frisbees within feet of us (only to then realize WE were actually doing our photo shoot on the 3rd TEE!). Granted, the group moved on after throwing (I’m pretty sure AIM was not a factor) their discs down the road and off into the woods, and as you will soon see, we got some GORGEOUS shots despite the interruption. Needless to say, this was not the only interruption on this muggy summer evening, as we found ourselves dodging frisbees and obeying the “HEADS UP!” calls echoing through the woods as we tried to make it back to the only safe spot we knew of (the PARKING LOT). I felt like Dory and Marlin in Finding Nemo finding themselves suddenly surrounded by a swarm of jellyfish, dodging their tentacles to get to safety. So that’s all I have to say about that. Lessons learned: Do better research before choosing a shoot location; always bring an extra water bottle for the pregnant mommas, fight for conservation of open spaces, and in the meantime, it wouldn’t hurt to wear bright clothing and bring a HELMET.
Thank you for enduring my latest rant. It’s been a while since I’ve written more than a few words to accompany my photos. It feels good!
And now, here’s something you’ll REALLY like 🙂 Check out my next post for a peek at some of the wonderful shots we were able to get of mom-and-dad-to-be! Here’s an appetizer before the main course: