A Raccoon that wandered into the yard and started looking Up at one of the bird feeders.
This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Focus on the Subject prompt.
The prompt started me thinking about some of the times I haven’t focused on what would normally be the subject of focus.
I focused on the Closed to Fishing sign rather than the Great Blue Heron that’s finding the sign so amusing.
This Raccoon wandered into the yard one Saturday afternoon when I was sitting on the deck with a camera. The camera had a fast portrait lens on it, not normally a lens used for wildlife. After taking some conventional portraits of the Raccoon I focused on the front paw trying to make it look wild and ready to attack.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge: Look to the skies prompt.
I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before going in a different direction.
Rather than the camera looking to the sky I decided to go with a small selection of birds and mammals looking to the sky.
This is my contribution to the Cosmic Photo Challenge prompt A Wet Weekend.
When the prompt was posted we were having a sunny and hot weekend so I was going to have to resort to my archives.
Then I remembered the 52 week photo project I did in 2018. We had a couple of wet weekends that summer.
A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the rain in early summer.
A raindrop on the end of a branch taken while waiting for the Rose-breasted Grosbeak above.
This wet, bedraggled Raccoon wandered out of the bush after 24 hours of rain on the first weekend of the summer.
This is my contribution to the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Something Good.
I drew a blank on this prompt at first before thinking about the way the natural world is carrying on as normal regardless of the humans around them. Spring migration continues as normal so I thought of some of the recently arrived or recently emerged from hibernation species in this part of Ontario.
I had my first American Robin about a month ago.
We had a male Northern Cardinal show up in the yard about three weeks ago.
I had my first Eastern Chipmunk emerge from hibernation about 10 days ago.
I heard Sandhill Cranes calling a week or two ago and saw two last Thursday.
I had my first Raccoon of the spring yesterday (Friday) evening.
This is my contribution to the One Word Sunday prompt Communication.
I very briefly considered smartphones, tablets and laptops before thinking of the various forms of communication in the animal kingdom. Territorial displays and courtship displays came to mind.
Then I got thinking about the times I have communicated with other species.
This Raccoon wandered into the yard one afternoon when I was outside photographing birds. I told it that it could stay as long as it left the bird feeders alone, which it did.
An American Red Squirrel in the yard getting upset with another Red Squirrel and looking at me when I told it to calm down. The Squirrel appears to have a Tick attached between the right foreleg and its body. Something I didn’t notice at the time when I was lying in the grass.
Finally, two forms of communication in one photo. This is a utility pole carrying telephone lines. The marks on the pole are where a Black Bear has used it to sharpen its claws, communicating its territory to other bears.
One thing came to mind as soon as I read the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Yard prompt.
That was spending hours in our yard in 2018 when I was doing a 52 week photo project.
So I thought I would go with a small selection of photos taken in the yard during 2018.
A wet, bedraggled Raccoon that wandered into the yard and started eyeing up the bird feeders one Saturday afternoon.
Raindrops on a Cedar branch on the edge of the yard.
Tree trunks casting long shadows across the snow in the yard.
A Clover flower growing in the grass in the yard. Taken while lying in the grass waiting for the Squirrels and Chipmunks to put in an appearance.
A young Ruby-throated Hummingbird checking out the hummingbird feeder hanging in the yard.