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When A Picture Surprises You
Published on Sunday, April 21, 2013 by

I took picture after picture this weekend with my modest little camera.  Trees bent from the ocean’s strong winds… unsuspecting critters… and even a pile of scat or two.  (I will spare you, but I SWEAR I found coyote scat rather than the typical fox scat!  And yes, I took a picture of Outer Banks wild horse pooh.  I am not ashamed.)

It gives me great joy to look through a day of pictures, but even greater joy when these images offer me surprises.  This weekend’s “Wow I didn’t see that!” surprises are as follows:

I pushed my little camera to its limit zooming in on this bluejay.  Upon closer inspection, I saw he was carrying twigs!



My mother was excited to see a thistle she had been watching had bloomed.  I risked life and limb stepping through tick infested brush (see how dangerous I make myself sound!?) to get a shot of this beautiful flower.  When I opened the picture on my laptop I discovered a fly had been on the bloom while I snapped the shot.


Sadly, this picture brought an unforeseen “surprise.”  This deer has some sort of object wrapped around its neck.

Many conversations followed the viewing of this picture.  “Do we call someone?  Would that just cause more problems for the deer?  How much bigger will the deer get?  Should we just watch it over the summer to see if it gets bad?”  My ever amazing neighbor suggested I call Fish and Wildlife.  They can tranquilize the deer, remove the band and wake the deer back up.

So perhaps one of my surprise pictures was not really a surprise.  Perhaps it was a moment captured to help save a life.  I am certainly going to do my best to help.  I simply cannot watch an animal suffer!

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  • Ron

    Katherine, I LOOOOOOOVE these photos, girl!

    HOLY COW….the close up of the blue jay is freakin’ AWESOME! The color and detail you captured blew me away!

    And I’ve lovin’ the little fly you captured inside the flower!!

    Isn’t it something how often we take a photo and yet, really don’t notice the ‘treasures’ that were in the photo until we upload them onto our computer and see them closer?

    Lately, I’ve been trying the macro setting on my camera to practice more close up shots. And it’s interesting what I see after I upload them.

    “And yes, I took a picture of Outer Banks wild horse pooh. I am not ashamed.”

    Bwhahahahahahahahaha! OMG, you and I are on the same wave-length, because I’m doing a series of photos for my blog entitled, “Things I Found On The Ground.” And today I took a photo of dog POOH, I kid you not!

    “So perhaps one of my surprise pictures was not really a surprise. Perhaps it was a moment captured to help save a life. I am certainly going to do my best to help. I simply cannot watch an animal suffer!”

    Your neighbor’s suggestion sounds great. I love deer so much and like you, I can’t stand to see ANY animal suffer.

    Have a great week, Katherine. Hope your back is feeling better.

    ((((((( You )))))))


    • I can’t wait to see your ground photos… what an amazing idea Ron! AND… I will be looking for that poop picture… you better put it up in honor of me! 😉

      I have a macro and super macro setting… I have gotten a few closeups that are nice, but I really don’t know how to use the settings. I can’t WAIT to see what you are able to capture… especially in the city. Your pictures never ever fail to blow me away!

      • Ron

        I will probably posting a series of ground photos on Friday. And yes, I will put it up in honor of YOU. You bet!


  • I know that you are happy to be back at the beach. Excellent photos and a great decision for that poor deer!

    • I am so happy to be back, yes! Our last weekend there was a huge nor’easter, but that didn’t phase me a bit – just smelling that salt air…. wonderful!

  • Isn’t it great when your pictures yield surprises? It usually seems that I see more than the camera picks up, but then when you look at the on the computer (doesn’t that sound strange when you think how you used to wait to get film developed?)…anyway you see things that you missed as you were focused on your topic.

    • Would you believe I have about 20 rolls of film sitting around that I need to get developed!! I don’t know where to do it!!!! I’m talking film from when the kids were SMALL…. I need to get them done – it will bring such surprises!

  • Katherine, these are great photos. The close-up of the jay is really nice, I’d have been proud to have taken it. Indigo x

    • I wish wish wish I had a really good camera. Mine is nice for a low end model… but I can’t even change lenses! One day, right?

  • “So perhaps one of my surprise pictures was not really a surprise.
    Perhaps it was a moment captured to help save a life. I am certainly
    going to do my best to help. I simply cannot watch an animal suffer!”

    You’re so good like that, Katherine!

    Also, I love these photos. You captured some fabulous images!

    • Thanks Meleah! My dream is to have a really really good camera. The one I have you can’t even take the lens off!

  • Your modest little camera? Please tell me what kind of “modest” camera takes pictures like that. I’ll need to get one the next time somebody decides to throw another photo challenge!

    • I think you should save the money for SHOES! WOO HOO! 🙂 (And Cotswold. Lots and lots of Cotswold!

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    Oh gosh, I’d be the same! I’ve tracked down policemen while on holiday, to report things like a swan with a piece fishing line hanging from its beak, while my family trail behind me. I can’t go home and ignore it. I hope someone can find that deer!

    Love the blue jay and twigs – and I have to tell you that some of my nicest flower shots are those with insects in them. It adds an extra dimension!

    • I actually haven’t called yet… I’ve talked to a lot of people – we are going back next Friday night… I will have all weekend and will look for the deer. I am pretty sure this one is in our regular herd. Then if I see it I will call immediately. 🙂 I feel so bad for it!

  • MikeWJ

    The news here was full of lamentations last week about an elk that was spotted with a tire around its neck. How that happened, I have no idea. She’s pregnant, unfortunately, which means they can’t tranquilize her and remove the tire until she calves. But they say she’ll be all right.

    Oh, by the way, I love that photo of the bird, even tho it’s a bird. It’s pretty.

  • Katherine, I hope you can get help for that deer. Doesn’t matter if it’s going to grow or not, that thing around its neck could get caught on something leaving it helpless to predators or starvation.

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