Posts Tagged ‘camera’

Evening Visitor

The low light at dusk created unusual pictures.

It added movement, more movement than the deer actually made.

I couldn’t tell if it had its eyes on me, or if it ignored me as it ate.

Parts of this deer became almost transparent from the camera movement as it ate. (All these pictures were taken of the same young deer.)

No, it wasn’t raining, like it looks in the picture. I couldn’t hold the camera still enough to get more realistic pictures.

My fingers are crossed, hoping the deer will return.

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Unexpected Composition

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Our triple window in the living room faces west. Sometimes I just snap pictures from where I sit on the couch and watching TV.

This picture has a combination of varying elements: 3 plants outside the window. The distant treeline on the other side of a large cornfield. Then there’s the tree in our front yard. The sun nears the horizon, its shape altered by elements listed above.

I was quite surprised when I saw the picture. It doesn’t look anything like what I saw in the camera. I know it’s a plant under the sun. The yellow edges the outside of the sun and adds the vertical yellow line through the middle of it.

Like I wrote: I have no idea how the elements resulted in the picture. I’m so glad they did

Another Face

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I always take pictures of the full moon (some, like this one, from in the house). The trees blocked the last full moon until bedtime. So, I took the camera in the bedroom and later took pictures through the south window when the moon peaked through the trees. I didn’t realize until the next day, when I was looking at the pictures, that I photographed what looked like a moon spirit …

The man in the moon does exist!

An Exciting Surprise

I have been watching for a fox lately, not really expecting one this early in January.

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My husband spotted this one while he was working in his bow room.

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It was late morning. The sun was warm.

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 I could tell in one of the other pictures that this was a female.

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It looked like some food had been hidden there for her.

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I wonder when she’ll be back? This is barely the start of mating season here in southern Illinois.

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I realize my pictures aren’t the best because of what I have to go through to take them. This is a picture of the workbench in my husband’s bow room. To take the pictures, I have to sneak down two steps and over to the window on the right. I then get positioned with the camera perched on the windowsill and snap away.

I hope there’s more fox pictures to follow.

And There I Was

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For some reason, I started thinking about snakes this morning,

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because I haven’t seen one in the yard this year.

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It brought back a memory of an encounter I had several years ago with a kingsnake.

Many many years ago, after I started birding, I still hadn’t seen a wild turkey. I’d heard them gobble. There was an area up the hill from my camper, where I’d seen a lot of turkey scratching. Dressed in camouflage, camera in hand, I got situated at the base of a tree that gave me a good view of the area.

There I sat … and sat … and dozed off. The wind started blowing … only it wasn’t the leaves rustling in the wind … it was a LONG kingsnake coming straight  for me. It hadn’t seen me in my camouflage. Somehow, I held my camera, got to my feet and stepped backwards several feet. The snake stopped when it came to where I’d been sitting because the ground was warm.  My hands shook to much to take a picture (The lens was zoomed in too close anyway.) The snake continued on, and I headed for the Blazer. It was in line to cross my lap if I’d been asleep.

Only See Fox Signs

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Eight inches of snow fell Monday into early Tuesday.

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It was late morning before a fox left the den. It headed toward the back corner of our yard where there’s an opening under our neighbor’s fence.

The temperature was low and the wind strong. I didn’t linger over each shot … obviously.

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The glare was so bad I couldn’t see what was on the camera’s display. I just took several pictures, hoping for the best.

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Poor Buffy. She couldn’t get under the barn where the intruders live.

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I added this picture so we could see the fox I didn’t see.

Photographic Challenge

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Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) grew in clusters along the side of a fallen, long-dead tree.

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For a picture of their gills, I held the camera upside down, focused and snapped the picture.

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It was fun and had surprising results.