Forgot How Nice It Is!

To kayak and photograph wildlife, that is. I was unable to kayak for the past few months as our area continued to be in drought conditions. But recent rains has once again allowed me to hop back in the kayak and maneuver it through the Conservation Areas, looking for wildlife to photograph. Yesterday morning I made the first of (hopefully) many kayak outings. One of the highlights was catching a pair of juvenile Common Raccoons (Procyon lotor). One after the other, they appeared out of heavy vegetation and swam across a small pool of water, emerging onto a downed tree. Here are a few of my favorite images:

Juvenile Raccoon

Juvenile Raccoon

Juvenile Raccoon

Unfortunately, I didn’t spot any Beavers at this location. I suspect the long, dry spell has relocated them to another area. This morning, I am planning on another outing to another nearby area … one where Beavers will likely be seen :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld from a kayak, with IS “On”
  • ISO 3200
  • Aperture f/7.1 and f/8
  • Shutter 1/80 sec. to 1/250 sec.



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Posted in 2014, Blog, Mammals, Nature Photography, Photography from a kayak
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