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The Rain, Cheap Gear, And Deer

Wildlife Photography Minus The Gear

Deer In The Rain
Deer In The Rain

Wildlife photography is something I always wanted to do. The problem is that the world only needs so many wildlife photos and I cannot justify the cost of the gear. It is one genre of photography where the gear actually does matter.

I cannot compete with photographers that spend over $10k for a lens. I don’t even want to spend $5k for substandard lenses. With that being the case, knowing where herds tend to gather and waiting until a gentle rain to subdue your sound and smell is a good idea. It worked for this shot. It got me close enough for this shot with a cheap Canon 250mm STM lens.

A Sparrow In Hawthorne Trees

Have you ever been around a Hawthorne tree? They are not a tree you want in your yard. The thorns are sharp as needles and tough as nails. They will rip holes in mower tires, your clothes, and you.

Somehow sparrows jump from branch to branch and the thorns never bother them. It was interesting to watch.

Sparrow in a Hawthorne tree.
Sparrow in a Hawthorne tree.

I read that many birds actually prefer thorny plants and that hawthorn trees are excellent for attracting them. Nature must have given them special ways of dealing with the thorns.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

I hope everyone has a great holiday season.

Wild turkey at Blendon Woods
Wild turkey at Blendon Woods

I was looking for a photo to post that had something to do with Thanksgiving and I found this photo of a turkey and it reminded me of something to be thankful for.

I took this photo at Blendon Woods near Columbus, Ohio quite a few years ago. I had been laid off for quite a while and things where looking bleak. I went to work for a delivery company to make ends meet until something came up. Instead of worrying to much about the situation, I went to the park to ponder solutions.

I seen a flock of turkeys and slowly stalked them with the cheap camera I had. Watching them humored me and kept me occupied for a little while. It took my mind off of how dire the financial situation had become.

Things got back to normal and I’m very thankful for my job, friends, and family. I’m thankful for the tougher times too. They teach you to be more humble and simple. Sooner or later, things in life break. It’s good to know how to stay simple and humble to get through them. Always be thankful.

The Hooded Merganser Duck

Hooded Merganser Duck
A Hooded Merganser Duck taking flight.

I got a pleasant surprise yesterday as I headed to the woods on the first nice Saturday of 2014, a small flock of strange looking ducks called Hooded Mergansers were in the Licking River at Blackhand Gorge near Newark, Ohio.

Usually, ducks pretty much ignore you, but these are a little more stealthy. By the time I got a bead on them, they started taking flight. My camera has a sports mode that rapid fires and it’s a big help with wildlife. The quality of the photo isn’t as good, but it’s better to get a photo than none at all. This photo was the only one that even had a duck in it.

This is the first Hooded Merganser I’ve ever seen. It’s quite a thrill to get wildlife that’s out of the ordinary and it always happens when you least expect it.

Deer Portraits.

I’ve been pursuing a different take on wildlife photos. Most people will go out in the woods with these really expensive long lenses and get photos of the animals from far away. This never brings out the true nature of the beast. I find a nice pose creates a better portrayal of the animal. My little Canon PowerShot SX50 HS¬†does the job with a problem.

I’ve done deer portraits before, but it’s hard to get them to smile as you can see in this photo. Click on the image for a larger version.

Closeup of a doe.
Standard portrait of a doe.

I wanted to take it a step further, so I finally got this young 8 point to ham it up a little.

First, he spots me.

8 Point Ohio Buck Deer
8 point buck in Ohio spots me.

Then, I coaxed a smile out of him.

8 point Ohio buck deer smiles for camera.
Deer smiling at the camera.

Then he walks away minding his own business.

8 point Ohio buck walking away calmly.
8 Point Ohio buck walking away from me after a portrait.

That’s all their is to it. Get out there and enjoy Ohio’s great outdoors. There’s lots to see and do, even in the winter.