Tuesday, December 21, 2010

One of those days

Today was one of those days.  A perfect day for shooting, but, alas, I had to work. The nice thing, though, is that I keep my camera next to me while driving and  I keep my eyes open for an opportunity.  The conditions were perfect today.  FOGGY and decently warm (32 degrees).  Days like this, at this time of year, usually mean you get more opportunities to catch a shot of some wildlife.  Wildlife usually means deer and horses.  Unbelievably, I saw no deer today.  I stopped at lunch time at a spot along the Fox River to grab some bites of my lunch, a nice Thermos of soup and a turkey sandwich.  Yum Yum.  Of course, what should come flying along following the terrain of the river is 2, not 1, but 2 of my herons. I wasn't expecting to see herons at this time of the year  They were cruising in their normal position looking like stealth jets just above the surface of some open water.  I was able to get my thermos down (without spilling thank you very much) and got some shots  off.  I caught one of them sitting on the river bank, but from quite a ways away.  Just not the same as 2, not 1, but 2 of them in flight.  Later, I made a stop at one of my customers and I was getting some things out of my vehicle.  It is a more rural property and I often see deer in the field behind my customer.  I did the once over on the field and saw nothing today.  Of course, once I shut my car door I heard the "whoosh" of wings overhead and when I glanced up above me I saw 2, not 1, but 2 big hawks taking off from a light pole.  I sometimes see hawks sitting on the power lines and they are usually pretty far off.  These 2 were within 25 feet of me and would have, I'm sure, made a great shot.  Would have.  I did catch 1 of them when he landed on a bush about 75 yards away, but, once again, not the same as 2, not 1, but 2 of them sitting 25 feet away.  In the end, I did find a nice scene of 2, not 1, but 2 horses eating their dinner at the end of a warm, foggy day. 


  1. Love this picture, Mark. Beautiful, misty atmosphere, nicely arranged elements, good framing. Cool.

  2. I feel for you. Recently I've been having the same luck with Eagles. Once, a prime opportunity - three fairly close in a snow field - batteries die!