Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Things That Happen When You Aren't Expecting It

. . . and this happened.



While sitting in the shade on a long wooden bench watching the Green Jays, Altamira Orioles, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Cardinals this guy wandered in.


Took me by surprise and a grabbed my mother-in-laws arm (gently) and whispered in my quietest I-don't-want-to-scare-the-guy-off voice.


Raccoon.


We watched as he made his way to the bird feeder and climbed up for some seeds.


Bird seed on his nose aside, he ate with manners scooping up the corn and sunflower in his paws.


We watched him for 15 minutes or so listening to the crunching sounds and smiling when he would glance our way making sure no danger was going to interrupt his meal.


Eventually he jumped down and scooted back into the woods as another couple moved in to watch the birds.


I have had encounters with raccoons before, but not this close or for this long a block of time.  And I defiantly did not get many photographs.  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

When Less Would Have Been More

Today I had too much camera, or more accurately, too much lens.


Shortly after the sun was up I walked through a field hoping to see some ducks on the lake below and had my zoom lens ready to snap a few pictures if I were to get lucky.


There were ducks, but the walk through the dew coated grass in the morning sun was more of a treat.


However I could not do the experience justice with my zoom lens and found myself wishing I had brought far less.  A macro lens for closeup shots of the spiderwebs would have been a better choice.


It's not the first time I was surprised by early morning spiderwebs.  Back at the old house in the country I was treated to a field filled with them.  (I'm Walkin' Into Spiderwebs)



Strings of pearls.  So pretty.



I am really looking forward to another opportunity with a better lens choice very soon.  It's fall so I know I'll get a chance.