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2021 Shooting Day #12 – Meadowlark Blind

October 25, 2021
© Jim Miller – Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys)

A funny thing happened on the way to getting the Meadowlark Blind up and running. Actually a few funny things happened, but I’m only at liberty to discuss one of them here.

The weekend after the initial weekend at the blind, my shooting companion and I decided to go up to the blind for the weekend. In addition to getting the blind up, we also put up a couple of other creature comforts that made the property suitable for an overnight stay. The plus about staying the night is being there at first light without having to leave the house before first light.

And all of that would have been good, had we not had a set of unwanted visitors of the six-legged, honey-producing kind. While moving some things into the blind, I heard the distinctive sound of a bee swarm headed our direction. We hastily moved into the blind, hearing the bees bounce off of the structure. When it was all said and done, the bees congregated into one of the plants we had put into the blind area and decided that was where their hive was going to be. Given the bee activity, it turned into a far less productive but far more relaxing weekend. We couldn’t shoot. We couldn’t work on the pond. But we could call a local beekeeper, who took the bees off of our hands, gratis (and with the promise of honey at the end of the season…what a bargain). And we could chill and enjoy the countryside. Still a win.

We came back the following weekend with the intent of working on the pond one day, and then shooting the following day. It was a good plan.

Truth be told, the shooting was kind of blah. I made 450 images, but with only three getting my attention through the editing process and ultimately two will end up in the portfolio. Both of those were Lark Buntings. Lovely bird, but variety would have been nice.

About the Image
Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys)
Elbert County, Colorado – June 2021
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 150-600 (Gen 1)
Tripod w/Wimberley gimbal head
ISO 400, 1/500 at f/13 – No Flash
Portfolio Image #1115
Image Size in Portfolio: 4349×3479

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