With the apparent work-from-home year we are having eliminating my daily commute, I have turned that time into daily walks in the park near my neighborhood. As a result, I have noticed a lot of urban wildlife that we have. Usually you just think of the green area as having some birds and squirrels in it and not much more. But on my walks I have seen a greater variety of birds than I knew we had, lizards, turtles, snakes, rabbits, deer, and wide varieties of butterflies and dragonflies as well.
I also got a lighter weight camera to hike with as the big DSLR is a bit like a boat anchor after a long hike. This camera has a couple of good zoom lenses that get pictures almost as good as the DSLR, but I do have more noise correction to do in editing; especially with lower light, higher ISO photos.
I usually go in the early morning or evening when the temperature is closer to pleasant. Summertime highs are typically 100°F or higher here just about every day, but the mornings are nice. Yesterday morning, as I walked cameraless for some reason, I saw the rabbits out to forage in the early morning. There were plenty of them, so Saturday morning I brought the camera and had no trouble finding rabbits, like this guy eating a plant along the path.
I slowly approached the rabbit and didn’t seem very frightened by me. I guess he is used to a lot of people walking along the path in the park. I took quite a few more photos of him before moving along, including one in which he is sniffing at an old flower stem. Isn’t he cute?
I also saw some purple wildflowers that I often see and tried to catch one of them in a beam of morning sun with shadow behind it to make it stand out. There just grow along the sidewalk in the shady areas and it is nice that people haven’t picked them all. This park is full of wildflowers and it is nice to see the varieties blooming at different times of the spring and summer.
And lastly, if you’ll tolerate more dragonfly pictures, I saw some interesting ones. The first one below is actually from the evening before in the last light of the setting sun. I like his turquoise eyes and he didn’t seem to mind me shooting photos.
The next one has red tips on the leading edge of his wings. I took this one in the morning light. I had to sneak up on him as he was a bit more nervous about me, so this one is a bit of a crop. I see these striped-wing dragonflies often.
All of these photos were shot with a Nikon Z50 and Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR lens.
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