Bird in Hand #2

Baby Sparrow, BlackBerry Z10 Photo by  © SCPotter

Baby Sparrow, BlackBerry Z10 Photo by © SCPotter

HumbleSparrowKnownByAll
HatchedAndFlippedAndTookAFall
ToMyYardAPlaceToLand
PhotoOpInMyLeftHand

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Today’s tweet poem.

Found this guy sprawled out in my back yard; Mom and Dad flittering about.

I gave him some water and a little nest made from an old cotton rag. Hope he survives.

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A Doe in Hand

Brampton Ontario, July 10, 2013; BlackBerry Z10 Photo by © SCPotter

Brampton Ontario, July 10, 2013; BlackBerry Z10 Photo by © SCPotter

Innocence arrived today,
And licked my wrist as if to say,
She welcomed life by rescued hand,
The gentle caring Orkin man.

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Tweet poem for today.

When I posted yesterday’s “Bird in Hand” photo I had no idea of what I would be holding in my hand today! It’s the same hand, and the same camera angle, and another wild creature looking me right in the eye.

I was at work when our pest removal guy came by to show us his latest find: a doe just barely a week old and separated from her mother.

I don’t know all the details of how he came to be the new Mom, but I could sense by the way he cradled her that, if she was going to survive at all, her chances with him were as about as good as it gets.

Orkin is known as an exterminator of invasive insects and catcher of nuisance animals. The kindness of this Orkin employee (sorry I didn’t get his name) seems such a contrast.

I’ve got a few more lines for the poem in my head, so I may post again when they settle down.

…and today’s my birthday. What a wonderful gift.

#11 Beaver in Algonquin

We found this happy beaver on the same morning that I took the shot below (both at Mizzy Lake in July 2009). We actually heard him chewing a long time before we got close enough to take a good look. There was a partially submerged tree that he was using as a breakfast chair and I think he probably felt quite safe surrounded by water.

We sat down on the bank about 15 ft from him and watched him for about half an hour, laughing at his methodical chewing pattern; just like typewriters of pre-70s vintage: crunch, crunch, crunch…left to right, then a quick return to start the next line. As you can see from the skinned branch on the right, the method is effective!

Amazing creatures. Their role in shaping the development of Canada is astounding.

Nikon D80; 200mm zoom; 1/250 sec @ f5.6.

(double click the image for a more detailed view)

#5 Moose in Algonquin

I took this photo while hiking in Algonquin last summer. The data from my camera says I was zoomed to a focal length of 112mm, 1/50 sec @ f5.6. I was fortunate to find a stump to stand on about 2o’ from the moose, which conveniently put me at eye level with him. Amazingly beautiful creature. I watched him for about 20 minutes, happily chewing on the sugar maple saplings. Double click the image and you can count the teeth on his lower jaw!