One morning I was at home getting ready to go when I noticed a couple of birds wander out of my prairie. To my astonishment, they were Northern Bobwhites, or what most folks would call quail. Of course, I ran for the camera because I have no bobwhite photos that look better than a passing blur. It was a cloudy day, which required high ISO. Most of the pics were fairly grainy and vague, but I got a few viable ones, at least enough to notch another species for my bird photo gallery.
Stacey and I met some other members of the Canton Camera Club for dinner at a restaurant on the Mississippi River in Quincy one night. They are still a fun group. Afterward, we went around town doing night photography. We started at the river, shooting the bridges and other brightly lit things. That took a lot longer than we thought. We hit some other spots, like the neon Pepsi sign at the distributor’s building, and a strange purple cone at the Kroc Center.
It has been quite cold most of the week, but today it warmed up toward mid-day and some butterflies were out. The usual nymphalids were present, along with the expected skippers, but a monarch on October 22 is a surprise. It’s running very late, and should be in Mexico by now. With a damaged wing, lack of nectar sources, and poor weather, it will find the trip difficult.
I lumped all the images into one album. If the slide show does not appear, click on the direct link.