Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


A Missed Opportunity

by admin - 22:36 on 13 July 2012

Sometimes, when trying to snap lively pine martens in low light, an even better scene can be overlooked.

Yesterday evening, the familiar indignant twittering alerted us to the arrival of Young Marten on the garden gate where she tucked into Nutella and peanut butter, regardless of the noise. Even the presence of Bess, on guard a few feet away outside the door, didn't spoil her appetite.

The dull light meant a slow shutter speed so I concentrated on getting the best snap that I could under the circumstances, equally oblivious to the outraged squawking until I glimpsed the source out of the corner of my eye – seven or eight tree sparrows wedged tightly together on a branch next to their feeder.

This would have been a great snap, but the group had broken up by the time I'd moved the Pentax in their direction and focussed. Such is life. But I did get a good shot of Young Marten sticking out her tongue in the direction of Bess.

I'm sure she didn't mean anything by it.

Pine Marten 21

Book Update: Today I received the 'soft proof' of A Cat Called Tess from Tigger and Co – that's a set of pdfs, not paper. They were rather disconcerting. Three different computer screens showed three different sets of colours, some of them distinctly gaudy.

I'm now waiting to be told by Tigger how the colours look on print HQ's Mac screens and whether I should take a trip there to put my mind at rest about the quality of the finished product. I'll keep you posted.

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