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June 27, 2010


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Remember how I told you yesterday about those raspberry vines that persist in growing up through my deck despite being cut back?  I took those pictures yesterday, yet somehow I missed the picture I’m showing you now.  Actual berries now growing on the deck!  Missing the picture, however, seems to be my theme-of-the-day.  Today I missed taking pictures of subjects I’ve been coveting:

  1. a near-by male cardinal, singing in my butterfly bush
  2. the red squirrel, scampering along my fence
  3. a ruby throated hummingbird at my fuchsia plant
  4. a bat circling my pool hunting tasty mosquitoes ( I wasn’t coveting this one, but I missed it none-the-less)

I’d like to blame missing these shots on my camera, but I can’t, it was me.

This morning as I leisurely drank my coffee and read all of you folks’ latest blog entries, I sat in my kitchen with the sliding glass door to the deck open enjoying the sounds of morning.  I suddenly realized the song of a cardinal was awfully close by sounding.  I got up just in time to see the lovely red bird flitting away from my deck-side  butterfly bush where he’d been happily trilling away.

This afternoon I was leisurely reading a book in the reclining chair I received for my birthday when I dozed off for a little bit.  I awoke to the sound of Teddy happily running along the stockade fence, chasing the red squirrel as it scampered away along the top of the fence.   I quickly ran inside for peanut butter crackers, which I placed on top of two posts of the fence, in an attempt to entice him back, and brought my camera with me, but he was gone.  I sat for a while waiting, but finally decided to go inside and make dinner.  Sometime after dinner, the crackers were gone.  I don’t know if Red got them or one of the many gray squirrels that hang around here did, but someone got themselves a little snack tonight.

This evening, as I was leisurely (Its been a leisurely kind of day!) watering my hanging plants, I was surprised and thrilled when a ruby-throated humming bird approached my fuchsia plant.  My soft cry of surprise was enough to send him darting away.  Once again, I went back inside for my camera.  I sat quiet and still outside in the hopes that the hummingbird really wanted that fuchsia nectar.  Alas, he did not return. 

While leisurely waiting for the hummingbird to return, I spotted the bat, first in my neighbor’s yard, then in mine as it swooped around my swimming pool.  I had my camera at the ready, but this time I simply could not follow the wild path of the flying, diving rodent.  The light was fading quickly and my chance disappeared into the woods.

I stayed outside tonight until about 8:45  pm hoping to have an exciting picture to share with you.  I came up empty handed today, but I will persist.


  1. I know a certain Tracy who’d come and hunt you down if you got a picture of the hummer and the cardinal…. lol… At least we get to see your deckberries though… D’ya think there’s a market for “deckberry pie” ???…. 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — June 28, 2010 @ 4:29 am | Reply

    • I don’t know about deckberry pie, but I can tell you deckberries taste as good as their deck-free cousins; I ate that red one right after I took the picture! (Minus the dog hair, LOL!)

      Comment by Karma — June 28, 2010 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  2. Oh, you KNOW it Brian!! 🙂

    Actually, it is GOOD to hear that others suffer from the same frustrations I do. A HUGE part of nature photography is RIGHT time, RIGHT place, RIGHT lens and LOTS of luck! 🙂

    Karma – it still sounds like you had a lovely, leisurely Sunday! Might be just what you needed to recharge your ‘photographic’ batteries and get you psyched for what you just might capture today! 🙂

    Comment by Milkayphoto — June 28, 2010 @ 8:05 am | Reply

    • My suffering is GOOD???? LOL! I know what you mean though! 🙂

      It was a nice leisurely day, with the exception of my weekly grocery shopping trip. Still not photographically inspired today, but I do plan to work on something for the blog if I can figure it out. I might go back outside around dusk today and look for a hummingbird or bat!

      Comment by Karma — June 28, 2010 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

      • Ugh. I hear ya. With everything out in the garden blooming like gangbusters, I’m just not feelin’ it these days. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s the pool issues. Maybe it’s because hubby is in Scotland. Again. All week.

        All I need to spark my creativity again is one little hummingbird…is that so much to ask?? 😉

        Comment by milkayphoto — June 28, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

  3. As much as I covet photographic opportunities, I enjoy just seeing and experiencing those things around me. Sometimes you just have to see and remember with your eyes and brain. It’s the best lens and camera ever made.

    So, you missed them. You learned a lot about them and their behaviors. Do you have a way of carrying your camera around like in a waist pack or belt loop bag?

    As Tracy said, nature photography is a challenge. Knowledge, patience and preparedness are your friends.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — June 28, 2010 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for keeping it all in perspective, Scott! You are right, of course. I’ll have that memory of my close encounter with the hummingbird for a long time!

      I’ll just have to remember my camera should be like the American Express card – I won’t leave home without it! – even if its only to my backyard.

      Comment by Karma — June 28, 2010 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  4. Sorry if I’m laughing–just a little–at your episode of missing that beauty of a hummingbird. I’ve missed so many! And of course half of them are through the screen anyway. Sounds like we did have a kinda similar day. Except for the part where you got to spend the day reclining in a chair reading! (Oh, I did that on Sunday. Heck, don’t you lose track of what day of the week it is?) I also want to say that I keep seeing you everywhere on the Internet. You’re everywhere, you’re everywhere Ms. Karma!

    Comment by Kathy — June 28, 2010 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

    • I do sometimes lose track of the days, especially now that it is summer, and that is likely why you are seeing me everywhere! Without having to get up and go to work each morning, I’ve found myself falling into a new routine: make a cup of coffee, read the blogs. Through both you and Scott, I’ve found a lot of great reading.

      Comment by Karma — June 28, 2010 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

  5. Darnit, you SHOULD blame all the missed shots on your camera and that “awful shutter lag”. You need a good reason to get an SLR! 😉

    Great perspective here!

    Comment by thedailyclick — June 29, 2010 @ 7:51 am | Reply

    • Ha, true, Michaela, but somehow I don’t think that will be the convincing reason with hubby! I’m working on it!

      Comment by Karma — June 29, 2010 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

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  7. I love this blog, Karen! You made me think of my own encounter with a red squirrel last year. It’s so exasperating to miss a good shot! Photographers are kind of like fishers, we love to share our stories about the one that got away!

    Comment by Barbara — June 30, 2010 @ 8:47 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Barb! Your red squirrel is adorable!

      Comment by Karma — June 30, 2010 @ 9:07 am | Reply

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