Last night,April 2,my sister and I decided to go for a ride. OK,so I decided and I asked her to come along. I thought that perhaps it might be a good evening for a pretty sunset,so off we went,out of town.
I had only taken my Canon SX50,since I was going to take sunset pictures and I knew it would do well with that.Lesson learned,I think.Always take the camera with the telephoto lens as well.
Driving along a country road I saw this Rough-legged Hawk sitting on a pole.It was on the wrong side of the road for me to take a picture from the car,so I was quite certain there would be no pictures of this one.Well,this bird surprised me.I got out of the car,walked to the edge of the road and started firing pictures with my little camera.The hawk seemed totally unconcerned about my presence.This picture has not been cropped,so you can see that the SX50 does a good job of telephoto shooting.
Still waiting for the sun to set,I found a spot along a mostly unused road parked the car.No sooner had I stopped,when I saw the pretty ice formations in the roadside ditch.So what's a photographer to do,but take pictures of whatever is available.
Here is another picture of the icy water in the ditch.I like the patterns created by the ice.
Finally the sun slipped down to the horizon.I was glad I had followed my instincts,because it was a very pretty sunset indeed.I do have more pictures of this and they may show up on the blog at another time.
Today,April 3rd,we woke up to a fresh layer of snow on the ground.I was not going to let that spoil my outlook on things.I drove out again,this time hoping to see some eagles or hawks.I did see several of both species,but none of them wanted to have their picture taken,so I got this one of the snow covered trees. I always think that a light layer of snow like this makes the trees look like a lacy design.
No eagles on this post,but I found this little bit of information of interest.
God gave eagles the best eyesight of any animal on earth.
Their vision is five times sharper than our own,enabling them to see an animal as small as a rabbit from a mile away.