Rainy Day, Statuettes, & a Titmouse?

I’ve been looking back at the pictures I took in June and realized that I didn’t post many of them.  Hence the many posts of not-so-recent pictures.  Alas, I found another folder.  So, without further ado, statuettes, deer, raindrops, and birds.

What?  That’s not enough?  You absolutely must have some sort of back-story?  *sigh* If I must.  🙂
I was in Rhyan and Carrie’s room taking pictures of May, (see my last post on her here ) when I noticed how photogenic little big cats are.  (sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but these are only like, 5 in tall) My aunt had given twelve of them to us, and there being four of us, we each got 3.  “But there are four!”  Yes, because Carrie and Rhyan put their displays together and these pictures don’t show all of them.  There, are you quite finished interrupting?  Good.  Enjoy the pictures.

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So, that clears up the statuettes part of my introduction, but what about the deer?  Well, the rest of my introduction has a simple explanation.  Dad had picked me up, as it was a Tuesday, but we didn’t know what to do.  Somehow we decided to go down to a park that he had been to a couple times.  We missed the turn into the park and noticed another park beyond it.  Always curious, we decided to check it out.  The first thing(s) we saw were deer!

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Next was a tree with Ibis growing on it!  Who knew? 🙂


We saw a pavilion and thought that if it did start raining, (which looked quite possible as we could see lightning in the distance) we would be safe there instead of stuck in the car.  So we walked under it casually, and once we were under decided to try and catch some lightning shots.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get any, because as soon as we settled down on the middle-most table we stopped seeing any.  And it had started raining.  So I had the suggestion to try and capture raindrops falling.  In hindsight, a flash would have been a good idea, but I didn’t think of that at the time.  So crazy high ISO and low shutter speed was the way we went.  Dad’s shots turned out a lot better than mine, as his lens requires less light perhaps?  Or he could turn his ISO up higher… anyway, here are mine.

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A sea of sparkling weeds. 🙂

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Then the rain slowed, and we heard some bird calls and chirping.  We soon spotted the source and took pictures.  Great-Crested Flycatchers were abundant, and at first that’s all we thought was there.


But then this guy showed up.  Does anybody have any other guesses than a Tufted Titmouse?


Here he is divebombing a hawk that apparently got too close to his nest?  This warrants further investigation… Thankfully there are trails near the pavilion that we noticed, so maybe someday!



5 Replies to “Rainy Day, Statuettes, & a Titmouse?”

  1. Love the first pic–the tiger looks likes its turning to threaten the photographer! Also, I never realized that ibises grew on trees. Learn something every day. ;>)


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