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Raccoon

Very stormy and wet day so we passed much of it watching the garden and between rainy blatter periods mother raccoon and four youngsters paraded from one patch of vegetation across the pond and into the trees. Always takes time to grab the camera so this is kid number four.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 29 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 174.93mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-07-29T16:32:31-04:00August 3rd, 2020|garden, mammal|0 Comments

Breakfast

Cone Harvest

Around now the garden squirrels climb up the high trees around the house and snip off the pine cones. These fall on the roof of the sunroom with a great crash and are later in the day rounded up by the squirrels for a healthy snack. This was an early breakfast for one of our friends.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 9 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 177.86mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

By |2020-07-09T09:53:48-04:00July 13th, 2020|garden, mammal|0 Comments

White-tailed Deer

Unworried

We happened upon this well-nourished deer in the arboretum a day or two ago and spent a few minutes staring at each other. It knew we were there but apart from showing a little caution it didn’t really seem unduly worried.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 7 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 83.9mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

By |2020-07-07T14:54:43-04:00July 11th, 2020|arboretum, mammal|0 Comments

Fruit Season

Four pictures for the price of one today. The berries on the Amelanchier canadensis tree have started to ripen and are being eagerly devoured by the garden residents. Cedar Waxwings have been occasional visitors, American Robins have been almost constantly seen and then we have a tree-climbing Eastern Chipmunk and a juvenile male Northern Cardinal. Lots of nutrition for the natives.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 27 June, 2020
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-06-27T17:41:24-04:00June 30th, 2020|birds, mammal|0 Comments

Memory Sunday No. 1

England 2019 – Making friends

Henceforth, as a general editorial rule, the Sunday image will be something I particularly like from times past. Memory Sunday.

These lovely cows lived in a Berkshire field and wandered over to chew the cud with me one sunny afternoon on May 2019 when we last visited England.

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 12 May, 2019
  • Focal length: 12.33mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/125s

By |2020-06-07T10:58:50-04:00June 7th, 2020|England, Landscape, mammal|0 Comments

Rabbit in the Stumpery

Seeking Shelter

Lots of rabbits in the garden this year – this one was spooked by me but stayed outside of shelter to watch what I was doing


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 29 April, 2020
  • Focal length: 120.91mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

Post-processed to Pancromatic-style monochrome in Capture One Pro

By |2020-04-29T15:44:12-04:00May 3rd, 2020|garden, mammal|0 Comments

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Bunny or Hare?

The rabbit(s) have been around the garden most of the winter, mostly making use of the brush piles etc we provide for them to shelter in. So far they have not nibbled on the bark of our younger trees and shrubs so as far as we know we have not lost anything yet. These Eastern Cottontail Rabbits don’t burrow but make scrapes in the ground to rest in – rather like the European hares do. This pose very much reminds of the famous painting of a hare by Dürer.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 1 March, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +7/10EV
  • Focal length: 220mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2020-03-03T16:13:59-05:00March 8th, 2020|garden, mammal|3 Comments
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