34 thoughts on “SEARCHING FOR DINNER

      1. He knew you were trying to get a picture and decided to show you he wasn’t interested!

        Today at the Park, a fairly large female Painted Turtle was on a hill digging a hole to lay eggs. I’ve never seen a Painted Turtle out of the water and first I saw one on the path, and then the female on a grassy hill making a hole … it was very interesting and I assume when I go by tomorrow the site will be covered in dirt. I researched a bit and 72 days til the babies hatch. The turtle eggs were the size of chicken eggs and that surprised me. Maybe I’ll be lucky and be walking along and a slew of baby turtles will go scrambling across my feet.

      2. Oh isn’t that a treat Linda! See what happens when you around in Nature! I see these amazing things out in Nature all the time.The basic reason why I do is because I simply choose to go out into it on a regular basis! Thats my secret!
        Please keep us informed about your new find! How many eggs btw? Do you carry binoculars?

      3. I don’t know how many eggs as I had to get to work – I stayed as long as I could and I could not believe how far she dug a hole on that grassy hill Wayne … she had just dug right through the grass and was pawing away at the mud underneath and it was piling up behind her. I took some photos of her and will wait to see the covered mound of earth and take a photo of that to do a post later. There was a whole group of walkers standing around watching her and she, in typical turtle fashion, was taking her sweet time. I was fascinated. I don’t carry binoculars … just the one time I went to the River after people were talking about seeing eagles there back in the Winter. I am excited to tell you that last weekend I bought a DSLR camera … I wanted an easy-to-use transition camera for use on the weekends when I can take longer at various parks. During the weekdays I wouldn’t have time to take it with me, feed the squirrels, … I’d have no time to walk and make it back on time to get to work. I researched to find a good transition camera to take me from digital compact to DSLR and it comes with a long lens – so maybe, after I read the directions, I’ll see that heron. I got a Canon EOS Rebel T6. My 35mm was a Canon AE-1 and I loved it – only ever shot on automatic though. My two compact digitals have been Canon as well. I just got it on Sunday and have to have some time to sit down with it and play with it a bit before I go out shooting anything.

      4. they lay up to 11 eggs.
        With regard to your camera.Join a local camera club.Your rate of learning will be accelerated by interacting with other club members!
        Thats a good camera to start with.Remember……….he or she who makes the most mistakes will become the best!

      5. I didn’t know that – I had Googled around a little tonight as I wanted to know the incubation period – I have a while as they said mid-August for most Painted Turtle hatchings and if too late in the year they stay buried til next year!

        I don’t think there are any camera clubs around here anymore, and no more camera stores. Years ago we had a small camera store which also did repairs and I took a photography class there back around 1980. The guy owned the store and was old at that time – I’m talking mid-80s and he has since died and they sold the store long ago. Where I bought the 35mm camera and accessories was a huge appliance store but specialized in cameras and since went bankrupt. I went to Best Buy but researched around before buying it – I missed the viewfinder … my first digital compact camera was just 4X zoom, but it had a viewfinder. On sunny days, with the current digital compact camera I can’t see a thing but my face and am shooting blindly. I researched around before buying it and it is supposed to be easy to use. Then I ordered a “Dummies” book so I can learn how to use it manually and not just automatic after I feel comfortable with it. It is easy to make mistakes in digital and just delete them – back in the day with film – I spent a small fortune developing pictures. I am looking forward to using it – maybe by our long holiday weekend, I’ll be set to go out with it. We are having such problems with ticks and mosquitoes this year due to our chilly Spring, then rainy Spring with the heat wave in May. I bought a state park pass to go exploring in some of the parks with wetland areas and nice woods but now am leery due to the ticks and mosquitoes issue. We’ve already had West Nile virus reported as well. If I don’t go there, there are other parks to explore and take photos on the weekend, when I can take my time, and still get a walk in.

      6. Funny you say that Wayne, because I did look before I came on here tonight. I did locate a local camera group, despite my saying that I couldn’t find any last night – I put in more search words, but these folks might as well be professionals because it showed a group shot of them and some had these extremely long lenses, likely the same as what you use. My new camera came as a kit, so it has the regular 18-55mm lens and the long lens in 75-300mm and the other accessories (though I have bought a smaller sling pack to use when out walking, as the other case is a protective case and looked a little large). Anyway, I could not think of going there until I at least knew how to use it off “automatic”. But while I was looking around, I did find a site called “Meet ups” and you could put in criteria like nature walks or photography and it gave you some groups of people interested in those subjects. The walks were more in the northern suburbs, not around here and the same for the photography groups as well. There were a few photography groups who are based in Detroit and take trips around the City, but then I run into a problem as going to Detroit is not the safest place to be in the world, whether you are a woman or a man, and certainly not going down there alone. So that shot that idea, but I like your idea and I’m going to pursue it a little more next year, after I’ve gotten my feet wet with this camera. I am looking forward to it – I sure hope the weather improves … stormy and rainy start on Saturday and now they say 95 degrees for Sunday (not 93). I have to be out very early before all the mugginess sets in.

      7. anyone who poses with a big lens isn’t a photographer.They are more about show than any true substance.I’d be embarrassed myself.
        Mostly males do this silly stuff. Don’t let them put you off Linda.You have more true photographic heart than most I’d say!

      8. Thanks for saying that Wayne. We appreciate nature, not just take a photo of it and I think that is the key. At the bottom of this message I’ll put the link that showed some of the members and the third row down was the woman with the long lens which did put me off somewhat.

        Plus it appeared they have a monthly “assignment” topic they have to do. They were out of my league … I need to start out a little more basic.

        I walked past the female turtle’s “mud hole” where the turtle eggs are and she neatly covered it up with dirt. Just amazing! That was a deep hole in the grass/earth. No one would be any the wiser that turtle eggs were beneath the surface. While I was looking in the Creek, because I heard a lot of large fish jumping out of the water and doing a belly-flop (likely related to spawning at this time of year), I saw something out of the corner of my eye, and a big woodchuck or gopher had climbed up into a tree that has black raspberries (it resembles a tree more than bush) and was eating the ripe and unripe ones. I must’ve scared him (and he startled me) so he ran off. Took a photo and will upload the photos tomorrow morning and see if I got his furry body and face as he left in a real hurry.

      9. That’s a good idea Wayne – I will look at their site again, especially after I’ve spent some time looking at the camera. I found a few informative videos on YouTube that give a tutorial on the camera. Will look at that before I open the book.

      10. Well I have those characteristics going for me … now to master the camera. Yesterday I wrote about the turtle laying her eggs and my up-close encounter with a woodchuck. Today we were supposed to have a stormy morning, so I held off going for a walk. Saw squirrels and that was it … I was talking to a walker who also had a bag of peanuts and he told me that there were not as many squirrels these days, even coming over to eat peanuts, because there are many predator birds coming to scoop them and the rabbits up. He said the squirrels are hiding in their tree, afraid to come down. The pics I took today was of squirrels in a tree, so maybe this guy had a point. The squirrels have been scarce of late.

      11. I am going to work on learning the basics next weekend Wayne. I just unboxed everything today and put it somewhere safe – I had everything on the floor, the accessories and some more stuff I ordered from Amazon (sling bag, some protective lenses and my “Dummies” book). The beauty of the digital camera is that I can learn how to do other shots and fiddle with the settings, where with film, I’d have been in the poorhouse if I tried to learn and messed up. Plus, I usually only used the camera when travelling and I always traveled with a tour group and they don’t always wait for you to stand and take many shots. I have found a couple of videos on YouTube which I’ll watch first – good overviews. I am looking forward to it. Today we had 95 degrees and a heat index of 100. I decided to stay inside and clean the house (sorely overlooked due to walking, picture-taking and blogging) and then spend some time next weekend, hunkering down and learning the basics.

      12. the only solid way of learning is by making a mistake.Than sitting down & understanding the basics of “why”? Think of light as water. Your lens is like a funnel. Imagine that the amount of water needed for a picture exposure is one gallon.You must pour one gallon through the funnel (lens) to get a good exposure.You can do one of three things….too little light,just the right amount or too much.Try to understand light on a basic level.

      13. Thank you for the explanation Wayne – I have a lot to learn. I have trouble with shadows. The way the morning sun falls sometimes creates bad shadows. I only like to walk in the morning – it is still and peaceful but bad shadows. I have to overcome that problem too. I wish it was Tofino time because it is after midnight – I got here so late and morning comes so early. Wishing it was Saturday night instead of Sunday night. Thank you again for explaining light – your photos are all about light, especially the sunsets and evening shots where it is pitch black.

      14. light is the most critical element to a photograph (for me)! If you have a great subject but poor or mediocre light you might as well keep your camera inside your bag. Great light can take the most common object & elevate it to a far more appealing shot.Not all light is the same.Horizontal light is the best…..sunrise,sunset!

      15. I will remember that Wayne. My dear friend and neighbor, who got me started writing this blog, went down to Bishop Park in Wyandotte every morning she could to watch the sun rise over the Detroit River. She’d get down there, coffee cup in hand and her camera (same digital compact as I have been using). She would send me pictures of her favorite shots. She passed away August 14th. I used one of her favorite shots in a tribute I did to her the day she died. I will go to that same place and take a sunrise picture for the one-year anniversary of her death – hopefully with the new camera. Here is the post so you can see Marge’s sunrise. She used to go to the River in the middle of the day too – she said it calmed her. I am going to shut down now as I have to get up early tomorrow … thank you for your tips. Here is the post with this beautiful sunrise – enjoy the rest of your evening. I do wish I was on Tofini time right now.

      16. Yes, she and my mom and I were very close. I hated seeing her suffer the last few years as she loved to go to Elizabeth Park, a beautiful park about 10 miles away and take pictures and immerse herself in the woods. We took many trips to local parks the last few years she was healthy. But COPD ravaged her body the last few years and she rarely left the house and had many stays in the hospital each year for her breathing.
        I had already planned to do a tribute to her on the one-year anniversary of her death using one of her pictures – now I will try to use one of my own. I one time sent this post to Uncle Tree as he, like you, can appreciate and capture Mother Nature’s light show, whether it is in the morning or evening.

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