A glimpse of tail turns into four tails and fun!

While on of my walks at the cottage I thought I glimpsed a tail go into a bush so I thought I would check it out. As I rounded the corner this beautiful cat makes her presence know, not sure if she was feral, a barn cat or someone’s pet but she was very friendly. Then much to my surpise bounding out of the bushes was three beautiful kittens. It was great fun to try and capture them on camera, tough since they were always moving, playing and exploring. Never did figure out where they belonged or where the family was going but it was a rare encounter I enjoyed.

I will hopefully have another posting soon, I purchased a 30 mm macro lens and will need to learn how to use it and a tripod. Tripods are not really my thing so this will be a bigger challenge then when I was learning my telephoto lens.

Till next time.

The Easter Weekend Mystery

A mysterious boat appeared lodged on a rock in front of the cottage on the Easter Weekend. No idea where she came from or how she made it over the falls this was my attempt to tell a story in pictures.

This post was delayed because I attempted to learn how to frame and creatively display the photos. I have been completely unsuccessful with my attempts. I am determined I will have this mastered at some point. The other funny part of this story was the fact to tie up the boat I had to get on it. To do that I had to put on a pair of fishing waders …

I retrieved them from a garage on the property. Apparently I wasn’t the first to find them …

I have become very fond of black & white photos and I am still trying to get the hang of converting colour photos. I look forward to a busy summer with hopefully lots of chances for some more experimental photography.

Till next time!

Spring weekend for the Birds

The first week in April (Easter Weekend) was a very warm weekend and I managed to get up to my cousins cottage. I decided to concentrate honing my camera skills on my telephoto lens. For some reason I have finally managed to master the use of it. I have decided after just a weekend being a wildlife photographer is a lot harder than it looks. I clearly need a higher pain threshold then I currently have. My weekend was mostly concentrated on birds but I did try to get a few other creatures (and the word is try).

I tried several time to capture a pair of Hairy woodpeckers (if I am incorrect feel free to comment correction below) which was nearly impossible even with my telephoto on the 200 mm setting. This was the best photo I had which I did crop and magnify. The woodpecker would land low on the tree then move at lighting speed up the tree!

During our long walk my sister spotted this fuzzy crawler crossing the road. My sister is pretty good at spotting the wildlife thankfully this one was a slow mover and I could take my time getting a shot.

My sister also spotted several hawks flying over head. I had a lot more difficulty getting a decent shot since they were flying fairly high and almost outside the reach of my telephoto. Thought this photo was beautiful for its simplicity even if the bird is not seen up close.

This was the first attempt at capturing a female Robin who was hanging out by the water, hunting for food and just playing in the grass. I decide to observe the Robin’s behaviour and come back later in the afternoon at what photographers call one of the golden hours. I had no idea how long it would take for me to get that perfect moment.

It was clear I had been spotted. I got quite an interesting game of peek a boo with the tree, preening and head bobbing. I wasn’t quite sure if she would even venture closer to me so I get her into the better light. I was at this point laying flat on rocks with my upper body in one really akward position. I am aware you have to take birds from their perspective but it is really painful. I was about to give up since I was hitting the absolute edge of my pain threshold and beginning to get one big kink in my neck. When this shot happened and made it all worth while.

This was the one magic moment and the one I had been praying for. My first really good bird photo and my realization that I not so sure I am all that into wildlife photography. I ended up with sore ribs, sore shoulder, kink in my neck, a lot of mosquitoe bites and a sore hand! Yes I said mosquitoes, think this is going to be a bad season for bugs if it stays warm.

Just before we departed I was surprised to see a group of ducks playing in the water and flying up and down the river at really fast speeds. I only managed to get one okay photo I needed something closer to a 300 mm to capture these birds. I have not yet been able to identify them either and this is the first time I had personally seen them at the cottage.

I had a lovely Easter weekend and there is another blog post coming based on this weekend. Had a mysterious object show up and once I figure out an editing technique will post the story.

Till next time!

A Spring Moment

I was thinking as I walked into work this morning, I should have brought my camera. It rained here last night and this morning is one of those rare beautiful spring moments. The trees are just starting to bud, bright yellow daffodils are blooming and the tulips are just starting to poke there heads out of the ground. I just love the smell after a spring rain.

It is so interesting to me that I have begun to develop a renewed interest in photography. It is strange to actually miss my camera. I have a tendency now to see the world through the camera and what might be a great photo. For me photography is just a hobby but one that I have begun to really enjoy.

In honor of spring this is a photo I took last year with my old Canon point and shoot, my sister was kind enough to slow down the car on our way into Jordan, ON:

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There is a park nearby where I live, it think it is time for a walk this weekend.