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Lake Champlain

Where’s my dinner?

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A juvenile osprey shrieks along Otter Creek

We paddled several miles upsteam on Otter Creek yesterday from its mouth at Lake Champlain towards Vergennes. We saw several ospreys (along with other critters) including this juvenile who was perched in a maple above the bank and relentlessly shrieking as we passed by. I took several shots including ones that made the kiddo look pretty noble, but I kind of like the goofy look on its face in this one. We joked that it was hollering for mom or dad to come feed it—”Mom! Dad! Where’s my dinner?”

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  300mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1600″ exposure.

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Osprey’s Breakfast

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An osprey enjoys a morning meal

Robin & I paddled around the mouth of Lewis Creek yesterday morning. We had the pleasure of getting in close to this osprey and its mate who were camped out in a tree on  one of the small (now inundated) islands out on Lake Champlain. This fellow had recently caught a fish and was enjoying a morning meal.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/500″ exposure.

Poke-o-Moonshine

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Looking southeast from the summit of Poke-o-Moonshine

Fall foliage is approaching peak color in parts of the Adirondacks. The view from the top of Poke-o-Moonshine was stunning the other day. Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains are visible along the horizon in this view to the southeast.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.

Dappled

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Sunlight dapples sand and stone at Shelburne Beach

We made a brief stop at Shelburne Beach yesterday afternoon. The Lake Champlain water level is quite low right now (93.87′ feet—the record low was 92.61′ above mean sea level on December 4, 1908.) There were numerous sandbars exposed going out past the usual pebble and stone shoreline. The sunlight dappled nicely as small wavelets lapped across the sand. The stones in the shot are Iberville shale, a distinctive dark gray and white shale streaked with calcite. 

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 73mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.

 

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