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John Hadden Photography

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Boo!

A weasel says "hello"
A mink says “hello”

This mink was swimming in the pond this morning along with a muskrat. He wasn’t particularly shy…

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 2000, f/5.6, 1/160″ exposure.

Coyote Bier

A dead coyote on a funeral bier at the top of the Appalachian Gap
A dead coyote on a funeral bier at the top of the Appalachian Gap

Okay, this one must have one heck of a story behind it. I drove up to the Appalachian Gap yesterday morning to check out the fall foliage and came across this. Off on the edge of the parking area at the top of the Gap, someone had tied a large stump upside down to the end of the guard rail. They’d build a nest of branches and twigs and placed a dead coyote in this “bier”. It hasn’t been there long as there wasn’t much in the way of rot or scavenger impact yet. My imagination roams: perhaps someone hit the coyote with their car and, in a pang of remorse, built this bier to return the coyote to the sky? I certainly resonate with that impulse. Does anyone out there know the backstory on this? Fascinating!

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 24mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/2000″ exposure.

La bec jaune

A chocard à bec jaune on the Aiguille du Midi
A chocard à bec jaune on the Aiguille du Midi

This very friendly chocard let me get quite close on our visit to the Aiguille du Midi above Chamonix!

White throat

A white throated sparrow in April snow
A white throated sparrow in April snow

The white throated sparrows are back and singing their clear, piping songs. I wonder if this one is as perplexed by the April snow as we are…

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/1600″ exposure

Stare-down

A red squirrel stares me down...
A red squirrel stares me down…

A red squirrel stares me down in the hemlock tree outside my studio door.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 120mm, ISO 800, f/4 .5, 1/40″ exposure

Crossroads

Tracks from a jumping mouse and short-tailed weasel (?) cross in fresh snow
Tracks from a jumping mouse and short-tailed weasel (?) cross in fresh snow

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 75mm, ISO 320, f/14, 1/640″ exposure

Bluejay way

A bluejay perched in the hemlock above our feeder
A bluejay perched in the hemlock above our feeder

This is cross-posted from my East Street Weather Blog. Sorry for the repeat for those of you who subscribe to both!

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 1000, f/5.5, 1/400″ exposure

Across the snow

Jumping mouse tracks across fresh snow
Jumping mouse tracks across fresh snow

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 125, f/13, 1/400″ exposure

Frosty morning stroll

One of our hens out for a frosty morning stroll
One of our hens out for a frosty morning stroll

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 80, f/1.8, 1/1250″ exposure

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