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Stickin’ with the critter photography today¬†(as they do so crack me up!) ūüôā¬†

A start of a good day involves¬†sunshine and any amount of¬†time spent outside interacting with the local wildlife. Some of the morning chores include dumping and filling birdbaths, setting out corn and filling the feeders. The¬†best time for me¬†(and the part I look the most forward to)¬†is¬†feeding¬†the chipmunks and squirrels their favorite treat (peanuts in the shell). All the resident furries literally come a-runnin’ when they see me walk across the lawn with the ‘peanut’ cup and take a seat on the large rock at the edge of the pool deck.¬†

And so the frenzy begins…¬†

“Hi there, King!” (as in ‘King of the Hill’ since that is where this ‘munk’s home is) and “Good Morning, Chippy!” (s/he lives under our grey shed). “Nice to see you, Squishy!” (lives near the rock¬†waterfall), and so on. Not all of them have names, but we do the best we can and have come to learn how¬†to identify each and every one.¬†Here is a very¬†familiar sight:

“Chipmunk Cheeks” (Eastern Chipmunk) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/400s, -0.3EV, ISO 640

And if I am not quite quick enough in my peanut tossing, many will come right up to my feet or even, jump up next to me on the rock. I never tire of it.

“Sign? What Sign?” (Eastern Chipmunk in Birdhouse) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5, 1/200s, +0.3EV, ISO 400

During the chaos last Thursday morning I was very surprised to see a couple of young chipmunks crawling all over our enormous condo-style birdhouse. From what I could deduce, the little ones were emerging from the nest to now be on their own.

The ‘alpha’ baby left pretty quickly (before I could even get the camera in place) but the second baby was much more cautious. S/he didn’t quite seem to¬†know what to make of me or the camera, but quickly realized I meant no harm. (Surely, Momma must have told the wee thing to keep an eye out for the very¬†‘nice humans’, dontchathink?) ūüėČ

I watched him/her for quite

“Home is Where you Make it” (Eastern Chipmunk in Birdhouse) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 640, Built-in Front Curtain i-TTL Fill Flash, -1.0 EV

some time as s/he went between episodes of thoroughly checking out the strange new world around him/her and then retreating back to the safety of one of the compartments. 

Of course,¬†I have no idea if the little beast is male or female.¬†The only name I could come up with is ‘Birdie’.¬†It just seems to fit.

Check out that dark spot on the left chest…¬†it will certainly help us to identify¬†Birdie if/when s/he¬†joins in the morning¬† feeding ritual (fingers crossed!)¬†When s/he left¬† for the last time, I wished the little one well and walked back to the house.¬†¬†

Afterall, I was already off to a great day. ūüôā

“Hole New World” (Eastern Chipmunk in Birdhouse) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 640

The great lengths Disney Imagineers¬†go to¬†to transport visitors to other lands via their theme parks is no more evident than at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. On this trip I made a concerted effort to¬†notice all the ‘little things’ and spent much of my time meandering through¬†areas taking in all the scenery that many¬†whiz right past on their way to the next show, character greeting¬†or thrill ride.

“This Way to Cool” (Coca-Cola Signage, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Asia) Nikon D300, 40mm, F/4.5, 1/500s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

For example, I came across these very authentic-looking advertising signs¬†on my way to ‘Asia’¬†and even though¬†I’ve never been to the continent,¬†Disney’s reputation leaves no question in my mind that I’d find similar items there.

“Refreshing in any Language” (Coca-Cola Signage, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Asia) Nikon D300, 24mm, F/3.8, 1/250s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

And oh,¬†what a welcoming sight they would be! (Sorry Pepsi). ūüôā

Happy with my capture, I¬†continued up the¬†trail following¬†the direction of the arrow to learn¬†the signs didn’t¬†lie.¬†(Well technically I suppose they could have as I didn’t actually go inside to verify said¬†beverages existed¬†but for argument’s sake,¬†let’s all just¬†agree they did, k? ūüėČ )

So, if you ever find yourself parched in the land of Asia, rest assured a familiar (and frosty) American classic is not far out of reach.

I totally¬†forgot¬†I¬†photographed some signage for the park series! What a find on this crazy weather¬†day. (So far we’ve had sun, showers, more sun, clouds, rain, HAIL (!), more rain and now it is sunny but very windy and chilly¬†– geesh!).

“Grate Sign” (Park Dept Sign) Playground Series (#20) Nikon D300, 62mm, F/4.8, 1/320s, +0.3EV, ISO 200, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

Anyways, I digress… ūüėČ

“Hours of Play” (Park Hours Sign) Playground Series (#21), Nikon D300, 65mm, F/5, 1/640s, ISO 200, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

I really didn’t think¬†much of it¬†at the time when I shot these – it was merely¬†a ‘while I’m here’ sort of thing. Now, I’m so glad I did as I think they will help¬†to paint a complete picture of the childhood playground experience! ūüėÄ

A little reminder to enjoy the season that is fall.

“Pieces of Autumn” (Seasonal Vignette) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/9, 1/160s, -0.3EV, ISO 640

Winter will be here soon enough!

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