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Was going through the archives the other day – looking for something else – and came across a few food-related drive-by images that I have yet to post. You may click on any image to view larger in the gallery.
Lesley’s Signs, Signs blog
Cee’s Which Way Challenge: 2014 #5
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It’s Wednesday and time for Lesley’s weekly Signs, Signs challenge.
With the weather as unfriendly as it has been the last several weeks, and a very busy schedule, Mike and I have not had much opportunity to get out for any hiking or photo taking. This past weekend we made a trip to northwest Indiana to visit a relative who was in the hospital.
These images are from the most common route we drive when heading north. The weather started out nice in the central part of our state but as we neared our destination (by Lake Michigan), it was cold, cloudy, and dismal, as is typical for this time of year. All images are “drive-by.” Click any image thumbnail to view larger.
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Yes, I know the challenge says ‘threes,’ but I couldn’t tell the whole story with only three images, so am posting five.
We had a delightful start to this past week. We had Mallard ducks dining underneath our bird feeders. We have had a few visit in previous years but never like this time. We had one day where I counted 23 at one time. Our winter has been fairly extreme this year. We have had over 51 inches of snow since the start of December. That is a record for central Indiana. So, it was no wonder the ducks were coming around. Their food source was pretty scarce with all the snow. They visited several times a day for about three days, then our temperatures warmed up and the snow began to melt. Thursday of this week, we actually reached 61 degrees and then had thunderstorms. Now the only snow that remains is what was piled up from shoveling or the snow plows, and even that is minimal.
So on to the story behind today’s photos. I was trying out a friend’s Nikon D5100 camera. The only lens I had available was the wide angle, so I’ve had to crop these a bit. I just wish I could have gotten a closer photo of the hawk but at least I got a shot.
I was sitting in our “sun room” watching the ducks eat and randomly taking photos of them and I noticed two of them become a bit more attentive to their surroundings. Just about that quick, they started taking off for somewhere else. I was impressed (with the camera) being able to capture the ducks in flight – something I’ve not mastered with my point-and-shoot. Then I detected a shadow and motion coming from my right and saw this hawk swoop in. At first I thought it was the Cooper’s Hawk that makes regular appearances at our ‘diner.’ It wasn’t until I was reviewing the images on the computer that I realized it was not a Cooper’s Hawk. I had to do a bit of research, but I think it is an immature Broad-winged Hawk, according to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. If I have misidentified, please correct me in the comment box.
My apologies to Michelle W. at The Daily Post and Weekly Photo Challenge for stretching the guidelines for this week’s challenge.