Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Tonight, I feel as if I’ve hit the photography jackpot.
Finishing up chores this evening, I had my camera on my lap on our way back home. We thought we had spotted deer off in our back field, but it turned out to be a brown cornstalk (whomp whomp), so I was feeling a little bummed.
We turned the corner by our patch, and it’s habit to look out the window and admire the pumpkins as we drive by. When Paul rolled down his window, something caught his eye behind the soybeans: this gorgeous lady.
I was thrilled! I mean, look at the awesome array of colors and the pretty light!!
But then Paul saw something else coming out of the tall grasses, and I looked a little closer…
That’s right, friends, a fawn!
Although still fawns, at this time of year they’re nearly as big as mama, but still fun to see! This is all the farther he showed himself, so we left as to not cause discomfort or concern for either of them.
I was riding a high from that encounter, when we pull up at home and THEN THIS HAPPENS!
While not under ideal conditions or ideal location, I STILL PHOTOGRAPHED A MOVING HUMMINGBIRD YOU GUYS! If you follow me on Instagram, you likely saw my story about her hovering in front of my face yesterday, and me being completely awestruck. I never did get an image of her then, but this became icing on the cake this evening.
Tomorrow morning, Paul and I are getting up early to head back up to the Sherburne Wildlife Refuge to photograph the Sandhill Cranes staging. Thousands of them (11,000 was last year’s number) flock up there to begin their migration together, which will happen in November. During September and October they roost in the refuge, and fly out to eat in the local farm fields during the day. We’re hoping to catch them in large numbers – we’ll see!