Neighborhood happenings: forest, garden and hawk
This post is a mishmash of images depicting, variously:
1) a walk in the park — the native prairie remnant at the end of my street, subject of many photo shoots over the years;
2) angel trumpets (datura) in Anne’s garden, as seen through an impressionist lens; and
3) a daring daylight hawk raid caught on pixels, as a fearless red-tailed appears in the neighbor’s front yard to snatch a squirrel.
While it’s against my nature to apologize for anything I post (because — after all — I didn’t have to post it!), I’d like to just say that the hawk photos are not the greatest quality because of the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Anne and I actually drove up and pulled into the driveway while the hawk was sitting there on his squirrel kill (or maybe squirrel salvage — the critter could just as easily been run over by a car). I snuck into the house (using the car as cover) to get the camera, all the while doubting that the feathered fury would still be there upon my return. In the interest of time, I decided not to attempt a lens change and so ended up with the 28-75 zoom, far from an optimum choice.
And thus the images you see are very close to 100% crops, relying on the thankfully quite excellent resolution of the Canon 5D MkII’s sensor to deliver at least something recognizable.
End of apologia.