Photo Of The Day: Snow Dweller

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Hope I’m not wearing you out with Cardinals.  I must have a hundred shots of them from the two winter storms we’ve had.  I did want to post this one though because it looks like he’s shed a tear.  Just an ice pellet that stuck just below his eye.  Nikon D7100. 300mm  Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.

Photo Of The Day: Big Bird

Cardinal In A River Birch   Posted to Flickr February 7  , 2013

I don’t know if it’s just me but the Cardinals seem bigger this year.   It’s not just the males like this guy either.  The females also seem to be larger than what I’m used to seeing.  . Probably a steady diet of black sunflower seeds.  I caught this one on a rainy, overcast day which made his red suit more vivid.

Shot with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 70-300mm lens.  Nikon has just come out with a 28-300 but I’m told it’s not as sharp as the older version which is among the sharpest lenses I’ve ever used.   Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.

The 20 Minute “Whiteout”

Maybe it was 30 minutes…..anyway, …it was quick!   I had gone into town on a supply run.  My final stop had been at a gas station and as I was filling up, it seemed noticeably colder.  Heading east on US 70 I noticed light snow flurries coming down.  By the time I turned onto the Beach Road, it was really coming down with flakes the size of a half dollar.  I’m no snow expert but I’ve always heard that when the flakes get really big,  the snow is almost done.   I don’t know if that’s true but I didn’t take any chances.  As soon as I got back to the house, I left everything in the truck and ran to get my camera.  I got lucky.  As soon as i walked out on the back porch I saw a brilliant red Cardinal braving the snow in a nearby River Birch Tree.  I didn’t think there was enough time to fiddle with camera settings and test shots so I set the dial to Program and started firing away.

Some Dark Eyed Junkos flew in adding a little variety but by the time I focused on one, the snow was pretty much done.

My yard had a pretty good snow cover but within an hour, it was all gone.   A 20 minute special….just long enough to grab some pretty decent shots.   My winter wonderland file for that magazine assignement is looking up.   See you next time on most of this same blog.