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My Trip to the Doctor

Updated on September 3, 2012

A routine trip

On a routine trip to my rheumatologist I decided to leave early as the drive is about an hour and 45 minutes from my house. You see I live a community that is not very large so we don’t have alot of the specialists that most cities have in them. Because the drive is so far I thought I could possibly sneak in some shopping and possible some time to take some photo’s.

Well, due to some poor planning on my part I didn’t get on the road like I wanted to. I arrived to the doctor’s office just in time for my appointment. Of course I had to wait almost 1.5 hours for the doctor to see me. When he did see me my appointment lasted probably 45 minutes and then I was back on the road. Now it was just after 5 pm so shopping would have to wait for another time because I had another hour and 45 minutes to drive back home. I still didn’t lose hope of taking pictures though. On my way I had seen several places that I wanted to stop and take pictures on my way back of various things. There were some cows and maybe if I had time I could stop and take some pictures of a nearby water fall.

As I drove down the road I happened to spot a small horse in a pasture. So I stopped along the road and took some pictures.

A pony all alone in a pasture

A field of dreams

Feeling a little uneasy sitting outside someone’s home taking pictures I decided not to hang around and continued to drive. So I continued on my way, enjoying my drive. I have been waiting a really long time to take a photograph of a horse. So I was excited to get the snaps of it. I came up over a hill and there was a large field with probably 20 horses in it. I did not see them on my way to the Doctor. The lighting was just right. I stopped and got out of the car. The sun was warm and there was a nice breeze. As I looked through my camera it was as if I was right there in the field with them. There were two quarter horses that were maybe two years old that were really sowing their oats. It was like they were playing tag or something because they chased each other around for quite a while. It was amazing to watch. I think all in all I must have taken at least 50 pictures of them. Reluctantly I decided I had enough shots and that I needed to get back on my way. After all my drive was supposed to be only an hour and 45 minutes and I still probably still had at least an hour to go. Pushing 6pm I turned up the radio and continued on.

A field of dreams

These two really put on a show for me.
These two really put on a show for me. | Source
Quarter horses and Paints
Quarter horses and Paints | Source

The raccoon cubs

I had probably drove 5miles down the road when out of my prerefial vision I saw something beginning to run into the road. When I looked it was two raccoons cubs, I slammed on my breaks knocking my purse to the floor of the car. The little cubs were frightened and froze in their steps. You could tell they didn’t know what to do. Fear in they were going to get hit I backed the car up. The one closest to my car hissed and they backed into the ditch. I hurried and grabbed my camera. And why is it when you are in a hurry and you know you only have a few seconds to snap that shot you always forget two things, 1.) to take the lens cover off and 2.) to turn the camera. By now the cubs were into the brush. I was so disappointed. I missed the shot. I sat on the side of the road pondering whether or not I should venture into the woods to see if I could see them. But what if the Momma coon was around. So now I needed to weigh out whether it was more important to ensure I didn’t get attacked by a Mother raccoon or to get a picture of those cute baby cubs. After all how mean could she be, right? So I decided to venture into the woods. When I got to the ditch I happened to look up. One of the little cubs was part way up a pine tree. The other one was still on the ground. Ensuring that I was camera ready this time when I got out of the car I started taking pictures. After the first picture the cub that was on the ground scampered up the tree. In the one picture below you will see I got one picture of the first cub hissing at me. Fearing that at anytime Momma was going to come after me I decided that I probably scared these poor cubs enough and reluctantly crossed the road and got back into my car. After all I still had the cows to photograph.

Peek and BOO

I named these two Peek and BOO
I named these two Peek and BOO | Source
BOO Hissing
BOO Hissing | Source

The cows

The cows were probably another two miles down the road. Funny they weren’t the cute cows that I remembered on my way to the doctor. But they still were cute. I got out of the car and greeted them. There was a fresh bale of hay in the field so it looked like I was interrupting their dinner. They didn’t seem to mind because they all started for the fence. The ditch between me and them was quite deep and since I had on my slip on sandal’s I could not get up the steep incline of the hill to get really close. They were curious what I was doing. The whole time I was there not one of them mooed at me. I wanted to get a picture of one of them and the formation their mouth would make as they moo’d. So here I was standing in the ditch looking up at 13 cow’s mooing. You’d think it would be like when you yawn and it makes others yawn. But its not. I did get one of them to stick out their tong but no moo. Feeling a little silly I decided it was time to be on my way. It was getting late and I should have been home by now and I still had probably 45 minutes left to go. So of I went with tons of photo’s.

The Cows

The cows
The cows | Source

The cute cows

And then I found the cute cows. The ones that I saw on my way to the doctor’s office. I had to stop. I might never see a cow in my life. So I stopped again. These cow’s were friendly too. I had the same problem as with the other cow’s, the ditch was rather deep. I thought about taking off my sandals and going barefoot but the weeds were pretty tall and my luck Id get into poison ivy or step on a snake. So I left them on.

Cute Cows

The Cute Cows
The Cute Cows | Source

I can tell you that I have never had such a wonderful time going to the doctor in my life. I ended up not getting home until after 8pm doubling my drive home. But it was a wonderful time. I hope you enjoy my photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.


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      Rhonda Humphreys 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you Peg. I love to take photos especially of animals. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Beautiful pictures, cute story. Looks like it made a trip to the doctor's worthwhile! The one of the cows in a line is precious. And the two cows, number 24 and 25 are beautiful, their eyes are soulful. Great photos.

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      Rhonda Humphreys 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you so much MelindaJGH for the compliment. I love to take photos. In my area there is a lot of wild life but you have to be in the right place in the right time. thank you again for the compliments and for taking the time to read my piece.

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      Rhonda Humphreys 5 years ago from Michigan

      writer20it is good to meet you as well. I'm glad that you could see the humor in my piece. I had a wonderful time.I so love taking photo's!! thanks for stopping by and your votes!

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      MelindaJGH 5 years ago

      Your nature photography is wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

      In my suburban neighborhood, we can see deer, squirrels, larger birds such as pheasants, pesty skunks, and woodchucks, but no cows. Horses appear only on marked trails with riders.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      It's good to meet you. This hub is funny and I'm glad you had a great time taking all these wonderful photo's.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      Rhonda Humphreys 5 years ago from Michigan

      Nice to meet you too Denise. Yes I live in a small town and everything you want to do is a long drive. Thank you for your compliments. I appreciate you stopping by!!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow-great photos, Rhonda. I can relate to the small town, the long drive, and the very, long wait. :) I live in a small town as well. Nice to meet you.

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      Rhonda Humphreys 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you miss Duffee. Im glad you liked it. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment

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      Duffee 5 years ago

      That last cow pic is priceless!! I like all the pics-- love the horses and the raccoons are cute!

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      Rhonda Humphreys 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you agility mach for reading and commenting o my hub. It made going to the doctor a great experience. I now look forward to my appointment in Feb. lo

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      Kristin Kaldahl 5 years ago

      Beautiful photographs, and I enjoyed the stories that went with them. :)