Many days I get up in the morning, go to work, and think after dinner I will put some time into my gardens, or my wife and I will take our dogs for a walk. I think I won't take the camera out until the weekend. But the temptation overcomes me and I spend the waning hours of the day holding my photography gear in search of... whatever!
If I didn't skip mowing the grass on this day, I would have never found this male Eastern Towhee in plain view. The Eastern Towhee are often heard and not seen as they spend a lot of time on the ground under dense bushes scraping the leaves looking for seeds, berries, and insects.
Eastern Towhee (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 300mm 2.8L, 2X EF Extender III, f/5.6 @ 600mm, 1/640, ISO 800, +2/3 EV)
Instead of pulling weeds from perennial beds that seem to shoot up overnight, I found this Turkey in the brush along the woodland edge. What you can't see in this picture is the baby Turkey, or poults, that were following her every move. The poults stay close to their mother hen for the first year.
Wild Turkey (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 300mm 2.8L, f/2.8 @ 300mm, 1/8000, ISO 800)
I grew up in Punxsutawney, PA, home of the weather forecasting Punxsutawney Phil. This years' prediction wasn't very popular in this part of the country as it couldn't have been more wrong. I heard there was a hit put out on poor Phil. This first year groundhog wasn't looking for shadows on this evening; just hiding in the shadows while munching on these greens. Hey, those plants look like what's growing in my perennials! Maybe I should take this groundhog home.
Groundhog (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 300mm 2.8L, f/5.6 @ 300mm, 1/400, ISO 800)
Mom and sibling were in the woods right behind this little fawn. They didn't make it out before all three got nervous, flashed their white tails, and ran deeper into the woods. I'm happy this one stayed long enough to snap a few shots.
White-tailed Deer (Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon 300mm 2.8L, f/2.8 @ 300mm, 1/125, ISO 800)
Tonight I stayed home, mowed the grass, and worked in the garden. I wonder what I missed!
Thanks for looking.
P.S. It wasn't Phil's fault.