Thursday, September 15, 2011
Yesterday, my coworker told me about a wasp nest near our office. I took some pictures with the work camera, but wasn't happy with them since the lens wasn't great. I made a point to bring my own camera today so I could use my telephoto lens.
I was having a bit of a grouchy morning (mostly my bad attitude, I'm sure), and decided to grab my camera and take some nest photos. As I was walking there, I saw two striped tails bobbing along. I realized they were raccoons and tried to get some photos of them retreating. I was so glad to have my long lens all ready to go, but was a little bummed that I had just missed a closer shot.
But then they must've heard someone coming from the other side, because they turned around and ran toward me! I was snapping photos like crazy.
Then they realized I was there and stopped and seemed a little uncertain about where they should go. This gave me the perfect opportunity to get some sharper photos, as they were an ideal distance away and facing me.
:) :) :)
I was sooooo happy for this encounter, and as silly as this might sound, I feel like it was a present from God. He knows I love seeing animals in the wild--it always turns my mood around. And what are the chances I'd cross paths with these two raccoons in the middle of the day in the few minutes when I left my office? AND have the right lens on my camera? AND, as Tina pointed out, have the perfect lighting? AND that they would run closer to me and stop and face me for photos? I love that. It's so rewarding to get decent wildlife photos when the sightings are few and far between. (I know some of you probably see raccoons a lot and even hate them, but the only other time I've seen them in real life was in Texas, in some trees.)
So that was my happy morning. :)
Here's another photo of the wasp nest from the other side. Doesn't it look like a head/face? And there's a wasp going into the mouth.
And earlier this week we had an orange moon!
What were your happy moments this week?
(By the way, do my photos take forever to load up? I don't always remember to change the resolution and I'm wondering if that's okay or not.)
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