It was in the 80’s here today. Far too nice to spend the day inside. But since I knew it was going to be hot, I left for Nisqually at 8:00 and finished my hike by noon.
I’m discovering more and more that bright sunny days really aren’t the best days to take pictures because of the sharp contrasts between sunny spots and deep shadows, but you do have a better chance of capturing a bird in flight, even with a 5.6 lens.
One of my favorites of the day is of this Great Blue Heron, just taking off, with his wings nearly touching the ground:
When I startled this raccoon that was walking directly toward me as I walked around a corner, he did just the opposite, freezing in place until I turned away, and freezing again when I turned back:
Now if I could just convince the Belted Kingfisher to adopt this technique. But then I wouldn’t get a dramatic shot like this: