Monthly Archives: December 2014

Sparrows on the Feeder


Sparrows are familiar birds to most everyone.  Sometimes I know there are at least 40, maybe 50 at our two feeders at one time. If the majority are feeding on the ground beneath the feeders and something spooks them they’ll fly off in a Whoooooooosh!  Sounds somewhat like a covey of Quail taking wing.
I’ll be posting numerous bird and squirrel images this winter.  Generally, I’ll be using my Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II Zoom lens.  I’ve had it for years … used it with my Canon EOS Elan film camera, which I still use once in a while, before getting my Canon T3 DSLR.

©Dan O. De Ment 2014

Mandy the Grey Squirrel


Mandy comes to the bird feeder each day.  She’s shy compared to Daisy but once in a while she’ll get close to our deck door.

©Dan O. De Ment 2014

Daisy the Grey Squirrel waiting for Peanuts


Daisy loves peanuts … of course.  She comes around , usually, each day before disappearing for long periods.  She loves to look into our windows and is not shy at all.  If you walk up to the window she’ll just set there and look at you for a bit.

Three Squirrels and a Chipmunk


This image was shot a day after the one below and what was remarkable is the gutsy Chipmunk … In Snow!

©Dan O. De Ment 2013

Myth of the Black Squirrel


I shot this image during the winter of 2013.  I wish it was in better focus but I had to shoot it through our sliding glass patio door and, honestly I did a quick and poor job … anyway, the Black Squirrel does exist in the wild … not just in zoos … My wife and I had seen one across the street in 2012 but thought we were dreaming. (Olney, Illinois is noted for its numerous all black and even all white sqirrels.)  I do have another image to post later. The squirrel was only at the feeder two days and we never saw it again.  I know from speaking to other Peoria area residents Black Squirrels have been seen in different parts of the city on occassion.  I’m 72 years old and this was the first time I’d ever seen a Black Squirrel in the wild. (Peoria Heights.)

Ceasar and Sheba asleep on the Sofa


Caesar and Sheba snoozing on the sofa.

Ceasar and Sheba were 17 and 20 when I shot this image.  Even though they were only acquainted and saw each other rarely they always got along well.  You can hardly see Sheba’s head but it’s close to Ceasar’s.  Ceasar was our daughter and son-in-law’s cat.  Time took its toll and they both passed away within a year of taking this image.  We miss them!

©Dan O. De Ment 2011

Lonely, Fall Woodland


I shot this image at Jubilee College State Park in Central Illinois in the fall of 2012. You could have heard a pin drop that morning.

©Dan O. De Ment 2012

Male Cardinal in Reflection


I’ve posted this image up in the past but in the spirit of the holiday season I thought a little quiet reflection was appropriate. I’ve renamed it for today.

©Dan O. De Ment 2013

U.S. Flag riding out a Snowy Day


I shot this image two years ago before my neighbor took his flag down.  The flag just peacefully and quietly rode the wind.

Sunlight and Poor Composition


I’m using this image as an example of what can go wrong when we’re not paying attention to business.  First of all it was obviously the wrong time of day to shoot this … look how the sunlight ruins the image rather than adding a sense of apprehension to entering the trail. The rule of thirds could be overlooked here since there was no other way to focus on the tree at the back of the image.  These are just two of the problems making this a poor image.  Having the sun behind you is, of course, a good thing.  Composing an image without thoroughly preparing is not.

Cattle in the Barnyard


I shot this image a few years ago.  I stopped the car,  got out to say hello, and only one cow was interested.

©Dan O. De Ment 2012


I believe this is an exceptional capture … the color, the sun flare, and the way you caught the water. Thank you for the, like, on my Ming on the couch image…I began following you today…let’s keep an eye on each others work.


Every night
The horizon lights up
Swirls of pink and orange
Fading to blue and purple

Few bother to look anymore
At a blessing
That only comes once a day                                    (Ref- Poems of Jessica Millsaps)

Sunset 3

Sunset 4


Sunset 2

Southbound again I don’t know if I’m going or leaving home
Boy got to be moving
Seems like the boy is bound to roam  (Ref – Dire Straits)

Pictures taken from Woody Point, Queensland, Australia.

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