Some odds and ends, gathered over the past few days …

08 Jun

A common-enough occurrence; you get a few days where things are rather muddled. You’re busy with one thing and another, and you never really go out with the aim of making photographs. Still, if you’ve learned anything from this business of photography, you have learned that pictures present themselves at the damnedest times, and if you haven’t got a camera handy, you don’t get the pictures. Sounds simple, but it’s easy to forget in the hustle and bustle of ordinary life, and most of us do, at one time or another, and regret it.

So … here are a few pictures that I’ve picked up as I was doing a bit of nothing in particular … certainly not with the idea of going out to “find pictures”. Captions/comments as they seem necessary.

First, a few of a mated pair of wild turkeys … they were hanging about the town waterworks, why, I don’t know, except that it’s a semi-wild area, with precious little intensive “civilization”. The jake was sticking like glue to the hen, presumably to fend off any competition or danger. I’ve seen him display when provoked, but I don’t have any shots of that. First, the hen:

He was about three feet behind her, watching her eat. Here he is:

The lighting was dreadful; please excuse any glitches in the colours; I’ve done my best to get things right, but it ain’t easy.
I drove up a ways to turn around and get the car into a good position (I was shooting from inside the car, so as to avoid any chance of upsetting them), and by the time I got turned around and back, the male was more secure that his lady was safe (she was still there, eating, but he seemed less nervous) and he was lying down, if that’s what it’s called. Here he is:

I’ve looked, since taking these, but I haven’t seen them. I don’t think they’ve met with trouble, but it must be admitted that if anyone came by who had a .22 pistol in the car, he could have stocked his freezer for the fall.

Now I must announce that my son has finally got his gumption up to move out of his girlfriend’s apartment and into some sort of decent habitation. In the couple of days that I’ve been helping him, I kept the camera handy. The first day was rainy, which gave me this tree, seen through my windscreen:

I rather liked it.

The next (and I hope final) day, I spent a good deal of time hanging about in the alleyway behind the house he was leaving, waiting for stuff to be brought out to stow in my car. I began looking around for miscellaneous pictures. These are what I’ve worked up, so far … if I get any more worked up and presentable, I’ll add them.

The weather was changing …

“You’re being watched” … a rather threatening section of fence:

And a bit of ivy on an older section of fence.

Well, maybe it’s grape, but I’ve never seen fruit on it.

And I reckon that’s about it … hope you enjoy them.
Cheers, all!


Posted by on June 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


23 responses to “Some odds and ends, gathered over the past few days …

  1. Darko

    June 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Nice shot of wild turkeys! Last year when we’ve seen one in camp site near Radium Hot Springs I thought it might be a domestic one that escaped from someone’s backyard. But then I realized it might be a wild one, no other turkeys in a vicinity could be seen.

    • Jill

      June 11, 2014 at 7:16 am

      We actually had a bear in our parts of late! They have no idea how it got here running about!

      • derwandersmann

        June 11, 2014 at 2:48 pm

        Bears are very like us; they don’t talk , build fires, or have fingers, but they are very intelligent … he got past your sentries because he was hungry and his habitat is shrinking.

  2. evawiren

    June 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Very nice pictures of the wild Turkey. A bird we dont have here ..All very nice pictures and the fence I would like to have here ….

    • derwandersmann

      June 11, 2014 at 2:30 am

      Thank you, Eva. Do you have farmed turkeys, raised for food?

      • evawiren

        June 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

        Yes we do have farmed turkey and it is a very popular food for New Year and winterseason. In the wild they will not survive the winter. They are kept in big stables over the winter

  3. Jill

    June 11, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I, too, like the rain photo! “You’re being watched” is excellent- you saw the eyes looking at you after awhile, huh?! 😀

    I had a camera the other day and the turkey announcing passage from various points across the field was teasing me to go shooting. I neglected the enticement and stuck to the rhododendron 😉 I am glad I did or I might be picking ticks from myself- it’s that time of year.

    Nice photos, dW. My daughter appeases my rants when I speak about an unfulfilled capture of what my eye sees when it sees it. “Mom, it would have been the death of you if you had attempted e.v.e.r.y picture you wished you could get!” she routinely asserts each time I whine, “Oh oh OHHHHH that would be a goooood picture!” Whether I have my camera or not- I am ‘seeing things’… It’s always maddening to not have the camera when.

    • derwandersmann

      June 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      True enough … that’s ONE of the reasons that I tend to carry the little Oly, no matter what. It’s always there, strapped tight to my chest or dangling under my coat. The Nikon is great, but it’s big, heavy and (ssshhh!) not as versatile, so I tend to carry it more seldom (less often?). It’s the same with my big ol’ single-action: I’d a whole lot rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
      As for danger, naturally, I try to minimize it, but I recall Stefan asking, when I posted that series of shots of the Gemini pictures, whether I would go up, away from Earth, to take pictures like that, and I said “In a minute!” He replied “Me, too!”

      • Jill

        June 14, 2014 at 4:46 am

        Do you say “(ssshhh!)” because you may offend your Nikon 😉 ?! I certainly understand, if so, as I would not wish to offend mine. It is heavy, however, and knows it! Why I have my cell phone. I used to snap from my driver’s seat when paused, but there are some laws against such things, I understand- at least if the picture is snapped with a cell.

        Good photo ops are hard to resist if it is in your DNA like it seems to be in ours.

  4. raniahajqasem

    June 13, 2014 at 7:31 am

    It seems that turkeys are very jealous,we may miss such behavior in the human world at least sometimes ,concerning the photos I liked the Scarecrow wall most .

    • derwandersmann

      June 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      Almost every year, we find pieces in our newspapers about a male turkey in one locality or another, that has such a strong feeling of jealousy and protectiveness that it chases and attacks the local citizens trying to pass through what it conceives of as “his” territory.

      • raniahajqasem

        June 18, 2014 at 6:20 am

        My talk here metaphorical but i think i can classify him as a real man ready to sacrifice in order to defend his wife and his own territory .

  5. saktimari

    June 13, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Derwandersmann turkey fell asleep….. 😆 😆
    ….interesting pictures….. 🙂 🙂
    Biedny Indyk czeka go święto dziękczynienia…hmmm…. lepiej niech ucieka…. 😆 😆
    Happy day….

  6. derwandersmann

    June 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Apparently, I’m not allowed to reply to Jill more than once … stupid software!
    I say “ssshhh!” because one is not supposed to imply that anything can be more versatile than a Nikon. The Oly, just for starters, has a built-in zoom lens that stretches from 28 mm to 504 mm. Try to match THAT with your interchangeable lenses, Nikon!

  7. Deb Platt

    June 19, 2014 at 3:02 am

    I loved the photo of the male Turkey while he was still standing. The colors on his head were so dramatic. And I thought the “eyes” on the fence were a nice catch.

  8. Furie

    June 20, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    That owl fencing is well creepy. You could probably make a decent enough horror story based on that.

    • derwandersmann

      June 20, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      I thought it rather threatening, too. Help yourself to the idea … you can even use the photo.

  9. Harry...the Man!

    September 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    That’s a great point about being ready to take a photo at any time. Artists, for example, always carry a jotting pad and look out for anything that they can start to draw. You can tell that I used to work in an art department of a private school!

    This post makes me feel ashamed, too. The amount of times I drive by urban foxes at night. I always stare and smile at them as I drive past but have not yet taken a photo of one.

    • derwandersmann

      September 11, 2014 at 12:57 am

      Fancy equipment is definitely one of those things that can easily get left home in favour of something smaller and easier to carry around. It’s also pretty obvious that the cam you have is a lot handier for taking a picture than the one you left at home in the closet. As the Colonel used to say, when you need a weapon, the pistol on your belt is a lot better than the shotgun you left at home. Same with cameras.

      • Harry...the Man!

        September 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm

        Thanks for that. I really must snap one of those foxes…

  10. pam

    July 14, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Love the ivy coming through the fence. And the one with the watching eyes!


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