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Random Shots. September 5, 2009

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Life is ever changing, and I’m feeling myself swept up in currents which aren’t necessarily about blogging.  If I’m scarce for a while, it might be that I’m busy consolidating my life, moving to a new place and diggin’ my favorite time of year.

I’m prejudiced, of course, being a Child of Autumn.

Here are a few shots from this past week.

Mount Negus on a typical morning, with the river rising up its flanks:


A Purple-flowering raspberry with Goldenrod and Spotted jewelweed:

raspberry, etc

Laurels at lakeside, taken earlier in the year:


A bear running from an unwitting pic-nicker:

running bear

…do you see the guy behind the tree?  He just walked up from the river and surprised this yearling bear.

And lastly, a carpet of White wood asters surround a pic-nic table at Mohawk State Forest:

white wood asters

Gotta run – I have mountains of wild mushrooms to dispatch.  I’ll let you know how that goes.


Wild And Wooly! May 6, 2009

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Took a quick run up Mount Negus this evening (well, part way up) to see if the vernal pool had anything interesting goin’ on.  I was thinking along the lines of wildflowers or moss treasures, so I had Ziggy, my 50mm macro lens, on the camera.

Turned out there was something interesting going on, of the fur-bearing variety; but by the time I got changed over to my 400mm telephoto lens the wind had shifted, and all I got was the “Buh-Bye” shot:


So long, Ms. Bear.  I’ll be back.

The wildflowers weren’t happening, but I got a shot of the pool, full and dark and deep:

negus vernal pool

And on the way out, this little guy munching happily away in a tree top:


“You cain’t awlways git what yew waaant…”

…but I’ll take it.


Close Encounters Of The Furred Kind. October 26, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.

[I just changed the post title – don’t know how I came so close and didn’t see that one!]

Took a walk today, out to the Raycroft Overlook, of course with camera in tow.

Well a hundred yards from the van, I heard something in the woods to my left, and stopped.

There it was – a big ol’ bear.  Evident only as patches of black appearing and disappearing in the thick brush to my left:

That black patch in the middle of the photo is the bear.

Yeah, I know, that’s feeble.  I thought of trying to sneak up on him, but then I remembered what Momma done tol’ me.

So I watched it from fifty feet away for about fifteen minutes, ’till the wind shifted and he caught my scent:

He stood up, snuffled the air for a bit, then ambled off down over the drop.  I thought about following him, for about two point three seconds.  But I chose life.