A Normal Spotted Fawn

When I looked out a back window of our home early this morning I spotted something small moving in our overly deep yard grass. Looking closer I saw it was a very small, alert fawn, huddled down low. I quickly got my camera with 200mm lens and made the following photos.




The deer definitely saw me but didn’t move. At first I wondered if it was sick or wounded. Or if it had been abandoned by its mother. It was interesting watching it “watching” not only me, but also squirrels and birds nearby. After I made the last image below I decided to walk a bit closer to see if there was anything wrong. As I approached, the Fawn jumped up and ran into the woods next to the house next door.

I found out later this sort of thing is very normal. For those less than three weeks old, a doe will often place its fawn somewhere “safe” knowing it can’t keep up with the older deer. I just found it before the mother had a chance to come back. I also read that attempting to “rescue it” is illegal in some areas. Any doubt, call animal control.

I’m glad there wasn’t anything visibly wrong with the fawn, and if all goes well, soon it will be munching on vegetation just like all the rest that live in our neighborhood. Too many actually, but photos like these make me more sympathetic to that situation. How can you not love that face!


Sometimes Black and White is Best

Last August while taking a day cruise through a portion  of Prince William Sound in Alaska, during a period of low, overcast skies, we passed this small island that caught my eye.


Conditions were not that good, although it improved dramatically the further we went, so I figured the image I made would not be a “pick.” And so it sat on my hard drive. Until today. I downloaded a MACOS version of Tonality, designed to convert color images to B&W, and then to be able to make a large number of adjustments which made my original really pop out, to what I now conclude to definitely be a “pick.”

PWS Island



It’s taken several years from the time they were planted to have one of our two Hydrangea bushes bloom as they are now. With all the rain and unseasonably warm weather I suppose that has been a factor. The pastel colors are beautiful.



Landscape Photography


My favorite type of photography involves landscape compositions. In that regard “location” is often key. Not everyone can make photos in places like Alaska, where I made the above photo last August, and where landscape opportunities are just about everywhere one looks. However, I didn’t have to travel that far to get the next two photos, in the Blue Ridge Mountains about an hour’s drive from home, but I did have to look harder than in Alaska to find what I was looking for.IMG_1275


Creative Photography

There are numerous photo editing programs to adjust and merge/blend photos. One of our grandsons is in the U.S. Coast Guard. He sent me a photo of the ship to which he’s assigned, docked in Kodiak Alaska where he’s stationed. I took his original and merged it with a flag-themed brick wall painted mural I found in Martinsville, Virginia and got this patriotic result.




I don’t do this sort of thing very often, nor so I have any desire to test the limits of “artful expression.” I just like to have fun with photography.


Daylilies Down Low


I was excited after I looked at these photos I made, using the articulating LCD on my Panasonic GX7 camera with 25mm lens attached. I was able to place the camera at a low angle to get the flowers and the nice sky in the background. Other images were equally nice I thought. Without the articulating LCD I’d have been laying in the wet grass and mud nearby. Impossible to do, because I’d never have been able to get back up, old legs and all.



Interesting Colors

The morning “light” combined with some nice colors made for a couple of recent photos I liked. The amount of rain we’ve had this month (up to six inches in a day) has made flowers and other vegetation really “pop out.”



Roses are Red


Well …maybe too red. But that’s what attracted my eye during a short walk in our neighborhood. I used my Panasonic GX7 with 200mm lens to get the composition I wanted, with blurred background. Developed with Lightroom Classic on my MacBook Pro. I picked the next one as “Best in a Two-Photo Show.”