Photo of The Day
Photo of The Day: Stuck
- Category: Photo of The Day: Pictures and Their Stories
- on Wed Oct 30, 2013
- by Mark Stephens on Wed Oct 30, 2013 - (6) Comments
Camera: Canon 5D | Lens: EF16-35mm f/2.8L | Setting: f/14, 1/125, ISO 100
I stopped and looked around for another way. He, on the other hand, rolled by me on the passenger side, draped a wrist at 12:00 on the wheel, and entered the sludge at a creep. Life as we knew it unfolded in slow motion. The front tires touched the water and went down. They didn't stop, but they sank with such a dreamy, cartoonish pace that those of us watching had enough time to process, react, and theorize. So, we laughed.
He kept sinking. And yet still driving. Those 37" tires whirled around in the muck like egg beaters in chocolate cake batter until we could see them no more. The Land Cruiser moved forward, abandoning the laws of reason and perhaps of science for just a singular miraculous moment. You know what the Chinese proverb says, "Be not afraid of moving very slowly. Be afraid only of standing still."
So it was all good.
Until it wasn't.
The Land Cruiser finally responded to his enthusiastic application of the throttle by digging in until it came to rest on the frame. He stepped out of the Land Cruiser and into the mud to discuss the situation with me, leaving his wife and two children inside.
I grinned, snapped a fistful of photos, and asked, "Need a tow?"
"Yeah, probably a good idea. The wife's kinda pissed now."