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The Critters Of Camp Casey

After moving to my new bungalow on the backwaters of the Tennessee River, I found an abundance of wildlife in the immediate area and began taking nature photos when the best opportunity seemed to present. This is a collection of those photos, mostly of warm-blooded critters of one type or another. Although I have some bug pictures from other places that will likely make up another similar collection, I think I may do some additional macro-insect photos to add here sometime later.
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5000 model rockets reach for the sky at the Global Rocket Launch at the US Space & Rocket Center for the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

Again, I would have to go back inside for the camera. But, before I did, all three lined up right next to each other, one looking left, one looking right, and the one in the middle looking straight at me. It would have been the perfect shot. When I got back with the camera, they would have none of it, and summarily refused to cooperate for their group shot. I swear, it was if they were goading me before I went to get to the camera!
Apollo 50th Anniversary - 5000 Model Rockets Launch Simultaneous

5000 model rockets reach for the sky at the Global Rocket Launch at the US Space & Rocket Center for the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

On one of my ventures into the backwoods and backwaters of the Tennessee River, I came upon these birds ambling around in the shallow waters. Maybe because of global warming, it has been reported that certain types of water birds, similar to these, have been seen in the North Alabama area where they had not been seen before.
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5000 model rockets reach for the sky at the Global Rocket Launch at the US Space & Rocket Center for the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

I had this one sitting on the back burner, frankly, because I wasn’t really happy with the clarity of the shot. I’ve got my excuses, low light, long zoom, heavy processing, etc. Even still, when I went back for a second look, I decided that it was better than I remembered, and the contrast of the birds umber eye helped to make the shot worthy of presentation.
Apollo 50th Anniversary - 5000 Model Rockets Launch Simultaneous

5000 model rockets reach for the sky at the Global Rocket Launch at the US Space & Rocket Center for the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

I felt this to be a remarkable shot for several reasons. The rarity, getting three in one frame, the distance away, and the distance off the ground up in the trees. It was well after dark, shooting max f-stop and zoom at a max 300mm for a 2 second exposure at 800 iso, on a monopod steadied against a nearby fence. After the fact, I found I actually over exposed a little bit, but all in all I can’t complain too much about the clarity and sharpness of the focus.

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