Thursday Thirteen 37: The Family Album

A few weeks ago, I met a nature photographer who was standing in the exact place I like to stand when I take nature shots near our pond. He gave me the wonderful advice of simply paying attention to what's going on around me to find all kinds of life to photograph. I have taken his advice, and it has worked some kind of magic. I am discovering animals everywhere. In addition to the above images of wildlife in Connecticut, I've come across these fellow travelers:
1. Turkey vultures,

2. Muskrats,

3. Beaver,

4. Barn swalls,

5. Chickadees,

6. Foxes,

7. Deer,

8. Woodpeckers,

9. Seagulls (of course),

10. Deer,

11. Feral cats,

12. Rabbits, and

13. Horseshoe crabs.


I've seen all these creatures without wandering very far from my front step. So many I don't have pictures of many of them because I have come across them at dawn or dusk when I have been out for a walk without my camera. Perhaps I'll have the family album done before the end of summer.

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  1. Anonymous7:17 PM

    Wow wow wow! Great photos! We have most of those birds in our park - we have a flock of Double Crested Cormorants - amazing birds, so sweet to each other and swim!! I'm hoping to see the babies learn to swim....

    Thanks for sharing the splendor of your world!

    Happy TT

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  2. Great shots Sandy I love the frog and i think you have some beautiful unique family members i will have a crane on my Skywatch Friday come see

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  3. My son and I saw a raccoon on the weekend but I wasn't able to get a photograph of her. Happy TT.

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  4. Beautiful photographs. I love them all. Thanks for sharing all the nature around you. Thanks for stopping by. Happy TT!!

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  5. I love your photos. Wow! All are so beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my first TT!

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  6. Oh, I enjoyed the album. We love the creatures at our farm---because, I guess, we take the time to "see" them there! Happy TT.

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  7. Great photos! Isn't it so amazing what we can see when we just stop and look! I love the squirel but the mallard and the piping plover are both pretty darn cute too!

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  8. I need to keep my camera with me more...not for the wildlife necessarily...but for the wild life!

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  9. Very nice photos! We enjoy your site! Take care!

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  10. I SO want to hang out with you and see some of those fabulous creatures.

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  11. Great pics and list:) Love it. Happy TT my friend and thanks for stopping by.

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  12. So very cool! I love the photos.

    Excellent TT! And thanks for dropping by mine! :)

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  13. Good advice for any situation. Sounds like a smart guy.

    Great photos, btw!

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  14. Wow, you're really talented! I love your pictures.

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  15. Those are great photos! I keep thinking I need to use my camera more, I really do like taking pictures!

    Thanks for stopping by, Happy TT!

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  16. Nothing like being close to nature! Love the slide show. Happy TT.

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  17. Love the slided show - great pictures.

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  18. Anonymous11:20 PM

    I watched a big hermit crab today, a squirrel and a few kinds of birds.

    I especially like your frog in blue.

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  19. Wow! Great pictures -- thanks for sharing them!

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  20. Anonymous11:40 PM

    There's a porcupine who keeps wandering by my mom's backyard. It would be a nice addition to your list.

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  21. i like beavers and horse she crabs. muskrats are interesting!

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  22. Lovely! We love to watch the wildlife around our house too. We have owls, falcons, road runners, hummingbirds, finches, quails, coyotes, squirrels, bunnies. Then we also have the ones we prefer not to see: mice, rats, tarantulas, rattlesnakes, garden snakes, and a few other snake varieties. We're in a canyon in Southern California.

    Sandy, I'm so glad you liked my idea for an ice cream recipe round up and that you'll be participating too. :-)

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  23. I love the pictures! They are great!

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  24. Anonymous1:42 AM

    nice pictures, i love the egg, you have a real eye for photography, ever do black and white?

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  25. Just beautiful, Sandy! Thank you for sharing your photos. :)

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  26. Lots of neat photos. I've only seen half of the animals on your list. I just love chickadees.

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  27. Great photos! We've just recently started bird watching. Our newest visitor is a woodpecker who has a fondness for the metal topper on our gas chimney. At first we thought it was funny, but when he starts first thing in the morning, it's a little annoying ;D

    Thanks for visiting my TT!

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  28. That is so cool! Lots of wildlife and great pics.

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  29. Excellent photos. Yes, so many people go in search of the extraordinary and never find it. That's because they don't realise the normal can be extraordinary, if they look.

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  30. I love it...this just provesthat you never know what your are going to find when you open your eyes and simply pause and look!

    Thanks for visiting my TT - Come back again soon!

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  31. Wow! Terrific photos Sandy! I too will be paying more attention on my own hikes and trying to get some wildlife shots for the Camera Critter meme I recently joined :)

    My TT is here

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  32. So true! Sometimes, we just need to be still. How wonderful, Sandy!

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  33. Anonymous8:20 AM

    Love the shots and I love that you used slide for the TT!

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  34. I think the advice was first class, I walked a bit yesterday and stopped to rest in a place I would not have stopped normally.. I was amazed at the pictures I took.. tiny flowers, insects and bugs, textures. I learned a good thing many years ago while out walking.. and that is to 'look back' see where you have walked from.. a completely different view.

    We are all still learning.

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  35. Sandy, these are wonderful. You are really becoming a great photographer. Your pictures are beautiful!

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  36. Anonymous12:21 PM

    Excellent photos, good job...

    God Bless...

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  37. Great pictures, I guess I need to stop and see who is living in the desert where I live....

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  38. So beautiful, Sandy! I'm in awe once again of God's creation. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. Hello from Texas! I was born in New London!! My Dad was from Old Mystic...I still have family there..Great blog! Happy day to you!

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  40. Anonymous1:12 PM

    Oh, what great photographs you captured! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my TT!

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  41. Wow! You are fortunate to be able to get such great photos so close to home!

    Our Happy Happenings
    Livin' With Me

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  42. During our walk thru the forest Preserve my wife spotted a mother racoon and five babbys.

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  43. Cool pictures. And great list. I saw dolphins once not too far from my house. I usually see seagulls, pelicans, seals, sea lions, and ducks.

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  44. Marvelous slideshow, Sandy! I have to do that! It's amazing all the animals you've run into...

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  45. Anonymous2:36 PM

    I love that Mama Mallard pic (and the rest, too, of course.)

    Tha next time our lady mallard friend stops by I'm definately getting a picture. (I swear that she stops by to visit my husband.)

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  46. Anonymous10:42 PM

    Pink Famingos? :)

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  47. Anonymous11:01 PM

    I should track down my Wombat pics for you...

    Thirteen cards from the new MUN expansion

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  48. Anonymous9:04 AM

    I'm late to drop by...sorry. Great pictures. The frog...oh, he's great! Thank you for putting those on line for us.

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