Rainy Days

June 25, 2021

I am outdoors almost every day for at least an hour or two taking pictures. I never know what I’ll find, but there’s always something that captures my attention– even a common housefly, in the right light, makes for a beautiful picture!

This is a Botfly, also known as warble fly, heel fly, and a gadfly.
I thought it was an interesting bug to find.
Unfortunately, the larvae of the botflies are internal parasites of mammals.

I’ve taken thousands of pictures over the years, and I sometimes think, “What more can I find?” When I don’t go for a picture walk, though, I also wonder, “What am I missing? It’s that one burning question that drives me out the door every day– except for rainy days. I don’t go out on rainy days– unless there’s an interlude!

A beautiful male Pileated Woodpecker in our nearby woods
Eastern Kingbird fanning its tail

During one of those interludes the other day, I satisfied my need for taking pictures by standing under the overhang of our second story deck and capturing all the different birds near our feeders who didn’t seem to mind the rain as much as I did.

A very wet Blue Jay in our backyard!

Yesterday, the interlude was supposed to last from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. So, I grabbed my camera and headed out the door– but not without a backpack full of rain gear just in case the weather forecast was wrong. It was. By the time the rains came, though, I’d already gotten enough pictures to keep me happy.

A Zebra Longwing photographed at the Sarett Nature Center Butterfly House in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
The Zebra Longwing is native to South and Central America

When the weather cooperates, the possibilities are endless, but I sometimes have to remind myself of this fact; that no matter how many times I go out or how many pictures I take, there will always be something new or interesting to photograph. It’s mostly a matter of staying curious and being patient.

A baby Kingbird wanting more food!

Even if it’s the same dragonfly I’ve seen a million times, the location and the lighting will always be different. Even if it’s the same preserve I’ve been to every day for a week, a new bird or bug will invariably catch my attention. So, I keep going out every chance I get –but not when it’s raining!!

Unlike me, this handsome bullfrog LOVES a rainy day!!

10 thoughts on “Rainy Days

  1. Wow, you got some great nest shots too! Hope the Kingbird nest is close to you so we can see them grow up.
    I don’t want to visit the hummingbird nest too often, it’s between 2 office buildings. Last visit was on a Sunday when I would not attract attention. Anyway, great job, I sure enjoy your photos and commentary.

    1. Thanks, Jill. I went back to the next a few days later to check on the progress of the Kingbird nestlings and, sadly, the nest was empty. They were too young to fly, so I’ve assumed the worst. I was so disappointed.

      1. That is sad. Nests are fun to watch. But it probably fed some other creature a meal. We once watched a hawk fight it’s way into our spruce tree for a dove lunch.
        Better luck next time.

  2. Such beautiful images and I love learning about all the animals and insects. Thank you. May ask what equipment you use? My telephoto lens only goes to 200mm and I can never get decent bird photos. I feel like I may need a longer one.

    1. Thank you! My camera is a Nikon D500 and the lens is a Sigma 150-600. I’ve been very happy with this combination. Because of the weight of the lens, and my age (74), I almost always have a lightweight monopod attached. It allows me to hold the camera steady for an extended period without killing my back. I carry the camera, lens and attached monopod slung over my shoulder with a comfortable strap and I’m good for hours at a time. I can get really good pictures of birds from a long distance (50 yards?? Long enough not to frighten them most of the time). Hope that helps.

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