© 2011 Aaron Atkinson

My Pet Pheasant

For the first time ever on Picture This Life, I’m reusing a featured photograph. It’s something that I thought I’d never do, but the other day, I had such an interesting conversation regarding this shot, that I had to share it.

Earlier this week, I used this photo as part of a presentation I gave to our management team at work. I drew the parallels between training and developing a bird dog, and mentoring and managing a team. After the presentation, a woman approached me about the photograph.

Christa: I love that picture. Where was it taken?

Me: Thank you. It’s one of my favorites too. It was taken in Western Kansas.

Christa: Oh, very good. That bird is so beautiful. Is that where to go to fly your birds?

Me: Uh, yeah. That’s where we go to hunt pheasants.

Christa: How did you get it to stay like that for the photograph?

Me: I was holding it by it’s legs.

Christa: And it’s relaxed enough to just let you do that without trying to fly away?

Me: Um, you do know it’s dead right?

Christa: Dead!?! Poor thing. Did your dog scare it to death?


  1. skyla Mann
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 1:45 am | #

    Is Christa in charge of much at work?

  2. Aaron Atkinson
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm | #

    Ha! 🙂

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