144: Playing Possum

(Walking on the pond.)

Today we’re having the kind of weather that afflicts us with spring fever.  It’s in the 40s, which feels almost warm enough to break out the summer clothes.  Well, okay, maybe not quite that warm.  There is a brisk wind blowing, keeping things just slightly cooler than it feels like it should be.  The air smells fresh with the slightest scent of false springtime perfuming it.

(Not a sign of spring.)

There is so much melting and thawing going on that it sounds like there is a river running under the snow pack.  The birds sound happier than usual, and we had a most unusual visitor join us for lunch.  It was doubly unusual since this particular creature — the opossum — is nocturnal.  Perhaps the warm up confused the poor thing.

(Heading towards the woods.)

I first saw our visitor while M and I were having lunch.  It waddled up to the kennel/cage we use as a platform for one of the bird feeders.  I think it was trying to get to the suet hanging on the outside of the cage, but it walked into the cage instead and couldn’t figure out how to get to it from there.  After spending about five minutes trying to dig under the cage, it gave up and walked off to one of the bushes near the house.  I thought that was the last I’d see of it.

I went out for my walk shortly after that and guess who I met along the way?  It was our lunch guest, the opossum, strolling in the center of the pond.  It eventually made its way to the woods, but I had plenty of time to watch and take photos.  I don’t think it even noticed me there.

(Moonlit woods?)

I was in the woods shortly before spotting the opossum on the pond, having fun with different settings on my camera.  I mostly played with the white balance.

(Woods at sunset?)

The first photo of the woods was taken with the white balance set to tungsten.  For the second photo I used the open shade setting.  I also fiddled with both in Photoshop because I’m working on a series with an otherworldly feel to it.

Today is day 3 of the 10-day challenge.  I did not want to get up at 6:00am.  Nope.  Not at all.  I hadn’t slept well and wanted nothing more than to try to sleep for a few more hours.  I finally made a deal with myself.  In exchange for getting up and meeting my yoga commitment for the day, I could take a nap later.  Sometimes you have to bribe yourself with something sweet, like a nap.

(Dream sky.)

The yoga was good.  I did a hip opener series, something I badly needed.  All the cross-country skiing is good for building muscle in the lower body, but not so good for flexibility.  I felt much better by the time I finished.

No CD today.  We’re listening to Radio Paradise.

(Sky dreaming.)

18 Comments on “144: Playing Possum”

  1. kolembo says:

    these are fantastic! The photo at the top is excellent!

  2. boatacrosstheriver says:

    I LOVE the pic.s of the possum on the pond and the “Moonlit Woods”.

  3. Sometimes that’s the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning on a weekend (when my little guy wants to get up before 7:00 AM) – knowing that I can take a nap after lunch! I like the different white balance settings, they give each photo such a different feel. I went out this afternoon (back to Fenner Nature Center) and got a batch of new photos – I couldn’t resist the warm temps!!

  4. patbean says:

    I love the possum and the sky dreaming.

    Pat Bean

  5. I love Sky dreaming. The colors and the contrast are amazing. It looks like a painting.

  6. Warm days in between the cold are such a nice guest. Love the possum! He made me smile right away :).

  7. Kala says:

    I like the dreamy feel you’ve created with the image of the woods at sunset. And that opossum is so darned cute!

  8. Kel says:

    possum pond pic
    big heart

    appropriate for valentines day !

  9. penpusherpen says:

    What a fantastic looking little creature …the shades to his/her head are simply wonderful, almost like ‘eye/face makeup’.. I always say that my Bess has wonderful natural eye makeup on…takes me ages to try and get some sort of effect (on me not her!!) and It never looks natural (not that I look like a clown.um?..has someone been talking? 😉 )
    I think you manages to get the effect of Woods AT Sunset just right, and I love the streaming, dreaming sky..xPenx

  10. I love the photos of the woods especially! Stunningly stark! Happy valentine’s Day, Robin!

  11. Barbara Rodgers says:

    “Moonlit woods” is especially ethereal. Beautiful. I wonder if the opossum was so hungry it felt compelled to look for food during the day. I hope it went on to find something to eat in the woods. Wonderful pictures!

  12. Oooh, another interesting looking “flower”!
    Love how you captured the possum… they’re cute, in an ugly kinds way 😉
    I really like your woods at sunset, almost looks like the trees are growing in the sand.

  13. Marianne says:

    The photos are excellent, Robin. I love how it looks like there is a path through the trees to the sun. Sky dreaming and dream sky have beautiful colours in them.

    Day 3 down for me too!

  14. All these photos are awesome. I just love that little possum, he/she looks so cute trying to trek through the snow.

  15. Karma says:

    Okay, I know I asked for critter pictures, but ew, I find opossum rather ugly! 😉 Still, an interesting visitor, and I’m sure I’d have had the camera out too if it had chose to visit around here.

  16. milkayphoto says:

    Everytime I see critters out when they shouldn’t be I can’t help but wonder about them. By the looks of the snow and the cold, this creature most likely has had to wander far for food and water. We make sure we have food and water out for our winter critters. Sounds like you do as well. Sad, this one couldn’t get to the suet.

    The two woods images are gorgeous! I also LOVE playing with WB to alter a photo. One small change and boom! Different mood!

    My Nikon also has different filters (cyanotype, sepia, etc.) built into the monotone color setting. Does your camera have this?

  17. SkP says:

    haha 🙂 – the possum is awesome!

  18. Robin says:

    Thanks everyone! 🙂

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