Then it circled around and climbed back up, stepping onto the trail six or seven feet before me. He still seemed startled, even a little defensive. I have to admit my heart was pounding pretty fast as we stood there, sizing each other up. For a second or two, I thought he might challenge me. The silence and stillness between us felt like the world had stopped, like everything, even my own breathing and my heart, was moving in that slow motion way you hear about. So we had a moment there. I hope I won't forget it.
Then he began grazing, no longer alarmed or concerned that I was there.