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Squirrels are judgemental

Pentax K5ii 100mm f/2.8 1/250 ISO 200

There I was, out in the backyard, minding my own business and taking photos of the plethora of wildflowers along the bush line, when I hear a very loud chittering. Angry chittering, if you will. So, after looking around, and up, for a few minutes I finally spy this little bugger. Clearly not minding his own business.

So I shot him. LOL With the camera, of course. This is not the same squirrel as previously posted – she’s smaller and not as aggro as this one. Even when I walked away, this guy kept yelling at me all the way back to the house. Which is some 200 metres from his tree.

Despite his agressiveness and opinions on my photographic techniques, he is pretty cute though.

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Tuesday Textures – Lily

Pentax K5ii 100mm f2.8 1/30 ISO 100

This Lily was on the verge of death when I finally got around to photographing it – it was part of a bouquet from the supermarket that was brightening up my hearth.

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Art · black & white · foliage · landscape · nature

Indian Summer in the Peace

I went out for a walk yesterday – looking for chickadees to photograph. I walked for an hour around the farm and eventually found the chickadees, 400m from my house! But in the meantime, I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of home. Even if I hadn’t taken any pictures, it would’ve been fine, it was such a beautiful day. It was 22C, whereas a year ago, there was snow on the ground.

There were a few things worth photographing – which should appear here sometime in the future – I’m quite pleased with how some turned out. But I’m also pleased with how one of my rare dips into landscape photography turned out. I hope you are too.

Art · Random

Isn’t my assistant adorable?

My awesome photography assistant – Pepper

She doesn’t hold or carry anything for me, although she will fetch any toys I happen to throw. But no matter where I go, she wants to come with me and patiently waits while I’m shooting. Yesterday, I was shooting some rusty things and she chased a grouse into the dugout. But came right back to check up on me.

Her brother, who is just as adorable, is not as devoted to all things photographic as his sister. No, he shows up for treats. And in this case, to get a bottle of water poured on his head because it was +24C yesterday.


Some more experiments in the Sky

Earlier this week, I thought it might be fun to try some more experiments with the sky and try some moonshots. In the past, my moon photos have sucked, big time. I’d get a tiny little properly lit moon, that would barely look like a moon, or a closer up one that was so over-exposed . . . especially those I did with my phone . . . and I always seemed to try in it the winter, when all I really wanted to do was snap of a quick shot and get back inside.

Apparently, that’s where my problem lay.

So the other day, the sky was clear, the moon was in the First Quarter, it was bright and really, really low in my backyard at 11 p.m. And that night, the mosquitoes were at someone else’s house.

I grabbed my tripod, second longest lens and popped out on the deck. I tried a whole variety of settings, after making sure I had a low ISO like I did for the sunset pictures and voila! Three half-decent moon photos.


Still not the best photo – darn tree was in the way. However, I’m pretty pleased with it.

It would be fabulous to get some pictures of the Full Moon on Saturday – maybe brave the mosquitoes and the coyotes and venture out into the yard beyond the trees – however, July 4th is supposed to be day 5 of this wonderful 2019-esque period of rain we’re having, so I doubt I’ll be able to see anything.

But then, maybe it’ll just be cloudy, so armed with my longest lens and bug spray, I’ll find something interesting in the sky to experiment with.