Wildlife Photography Without Ever Leaving Home

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I love taking photos of all kinds of wildlife. One usually thinks of wandering far afield when doing this, and in truth I have done that, with photo safaris in Africa, Europe, Asia, and many parts of the United States. On July 4, 2013, though, I fell and hurt my hip, and since then I’ve been pretty much confined to my house or hobbling around with the aid of a cane, which you might think would inhibit my ability to get good wildlife photos. Not so. My deck looks out on a wilderness park, and my neighbor has a profusion of flowering plants in his back yard. Butterflies, birds, squirrels, and many other small creatures can frequently be seen hopping, perching, or flying around in both places, as well as my small back lawn.

For the past thirteen days, I’ve spent many hours sitting under an umbrella on my deck, camera in hand. I’ve documented an interesting array of nature’s creatures who’ve come to visit, all without having to move more than ten feet – to the rail of the deck for a clearer shot in some cases. More often than not, I’m able to just sit in my chair and by using my telephoto lens, get some pretty good shots of my visitors. Here is a small offering of what I’ve been able to get. I’d be interested in how many readers have also documented the wildlife around their homes. If you do a post of your photos, please link them to this post so that I and other readers can also enjoy them. Happy shooting.

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5 thoughts on “Wildlife Photography Without Ever Leaving Home

    Jacqui Murray said:
    July 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I started worrying that this was a butterfly-bird story with an unhappy ending.

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      charlieray45 responded:
      July 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      As I sit on my deck watching, I’m also surprised that the birds seem more interested in the worms that have surfaced from where we’ve turned the soil to reseed the lawn and are ignoring the butterflies. Guess they don’t want to tackle such a big meal. Funny, the birds ignore the butterflies, the squirrels ignore the birds, and the butterflies ignore everything but the flowers.

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        Jacqui Murray said:
        July 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        That is interesting. Nature is so organized. We should never futz with it.

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    Geraldine Evans http://www.geraldineevans.com said:
    July 18, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Great pix, Charlie. Do you sell many?

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    charlieray45 responded:
    July 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Not many, but I haven’t really been marketing my photography all that much. Some are available for sale at
    http://www.viewbug.com/member/charlesray#/charlesray/prints.

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