I like Chipmunks. They are cute and industrious and not much bother in the yard…and they are especially cute when caught in the field and forest. This one was on the banks of the Mousam River at Old Falls when I visited over the weekend to check the fall foliage. Old Falls is one of my favorite places to photograph in the fall. The chipper was a consolation prize as the leaves have just started to turn along the river.
Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 1000. (And that is pretty good image quality at ISO 1000!) Processed in Polarr.
I took my ebike out to Old Falls on the Mousam River, just checking the fall color. Not yet. But while there I was watching this Spotted Sandpiper dance along the rocks at the top of the falls when, suddenly, it dove into the water below the rock, and proceeded to swim in the churning eddy for a minute or more before taking off to a sunny rock on the far shore…where it resumed “normal” Spotted Sandpiper behavior. I have never seen the like. I did not know Spotted Sandpipers could swim…let alone did swim. If you know Spotted Sandpipers and have seen this behavior (or have read about it somewhere) please let me know in the comments. 🙂
Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr.
Sony Rx10iii at 24mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/30th @ ISO 500 @ f2.4. Processed in Polarr.
Sony Rx10iii at 70mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Processed in Polarr and TouchRetouch (some out of focus grass in the foreground).
Lots of tiny mushrooms growing in the moss on a fallen tree near Old Falls and Old Falls Pond on the Mousam River in West Kennebunk Maine. I don’t know why but this image makes me smile. 🙂
Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode. 1/250th @ f4 @ ISO 1600. Processed in Polarr.
I think of the Greater Yellowlegs as a smallish shorebird and the Great Blue Heron as a big wader. When they crossed paths yesterday in the day-long gloom before Jose passes by, it surprised me to see how big the Yellowlegs is in comparison. The Heron looks like the Yellowlegs might have tweeted its tail on the way by.
Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode, -.3EV. 1/250th @ ISO 125 @ f4. Processed in Polarr.
Well, coming on toward fall anyway. We have not had a frost yet, and probably won’t for at least a couple of weeks yet, but leaves are beginning to turn. This stand of same age birch trees along the Eastern Trail caught my eye.
Sony Rx10iii at 106mm equivalent. In-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/200th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr.
I am not sure what it is about September, but there are more Great Blue Herons along the Mousam than I have seen all summer. You can see 3 on an average day, just in one mile stretch of river. That does not sound like much, but in June, July, and August you could go weeks without seeing any at all. This specimen was just off the beach access road in the waters of Back Creek where it flows under the road. I watched it fish for a half hour, and it kept getting closer, so I have way too many pics. 🙂
Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. Program mode, -.3EV. 1/640th @ ISO 100 @ f4. Processed in Polarr.
I did the loop on my electric bike that includes the Kennebunk Bridle Path between Rt. 9 and Summer Street in Kennebunk the other day, and stopped, as always, at the fresh-water pools beside the tidal stream that flows under the Path and into the Mousam just off Rt. 9. There are always dragonflies there…well, almost always. On this visit there were two large darners patrolling the pools, one on each side of the stream…though they crossed over on occasion for some ariel combat. The Green-striped Darner, in my experience, is one of the more cooperative of the darners to catch in flight, since it hovers in place frequently. That gives me time to prefocus and let the camera’s auto focus catch on. This panel shows several views.
Sony Rx10iii at 600mm equivalent. My special Birds in Flight and Action mode…using the large movable spot focus and manual focus to pre-focus. 1/1000th @ 4.5 @ ISO 100. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic.