And the raccoons seem to be sleeping it off. True, there are still lots of squirrels raiding the bird feeder, and I had a visit from one of the local skunks last night. (No smell thank goodness). But it feels a little too cold to stand outside waiting for the jays, cardinals, or ravens to come to the feeder. So I went back into the archives for some photos taken last june and july. ATB!
This and the next few photos were taken with a 300mm telephoto. (Borrowed). I was worried about being able to hold the camera steady enough. I must say I found this lens easier to use than my regular kit lens, and I only lost two photos because of camera shake. This lens seemed very easy to focus - either manually or with autofocus as it gave me a very bright image in the D-70 (Nikon) viewfinder.
Kimmie and two of her kits (now grown up) dropped in this evening - I guess to say hello. (More photos on the side). Kimmie - or better known as Big Momma, is huge, and the two female youngsters with her are pretty big too! Yet they are as friendly as ever, and very easy to get along with.
Just look at those inquisitive, and trusting eyes. He (or she) showed up early one evening at the door of the retreat, said ‘hello’ (sort of) then vanished. I don’t think I ever saw him again. They are gentle creatures normally.
There is a strange perspective to this photograph. The photo looks like the camera was not held level - except the tree trunk is OK. The reason is the tree line to the right of the tree trunk is a little less than two miles away. If you magnify the image you might just be able to pick out the church steeple that appears in another photo here on the blog. The shore to the left side of the tree trunk is varies from five to about eight miles away. This is perhaps a situation that could be corrected using a view type camera with full tilt bellows. Hmmm, I wonder if the tilt control in PhotoShop might handle this properly? Photo taken November 2008.
The blue jays have been around for a while, but they don't seem to like having their photo taken. But if the feeder is empty in the morning they raise an awful fuss until I serve them breakfast. Now with a little luck I will get photos of the cardinals and blackbirds. It's not surprising they are so cautious, I'm only at most five feet from the feeder.