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Autumn Squirrels

The weather is turning. The nights are closing in, and the sunshine is increasingly being replaced by the wet stuff. But the real proof that autumn is here is that the squirrels are busy squirrelling for nuts and seeds in the undergrowth. These were taken at lunchtime today, but the tree canopy was doing a fine job of filtering out the weakening sun. All the photos were taken at ISO 1600, which with care gave just enough shutter speed (but only just).

Squirrel at squirrelling for seeds at the Manor House, University of Brighton

Squirrel at squirrelling for seeds at the Manor House, University of Brighton

Squirrel posing by a stone wall

Squirrel posing by a stone wall

Squirrel posing by a stone wall

Now with the head raised slightly!

squirrel

Thinking about coming out from the undergrowth

squirrel under cover

Under cover

squirrel turning tail

And turning tail…

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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A New Location

The recent quiet spell on the blog is partly the result of the dreadful weather, but also because we’ve been moving office at work to a more central location. I’ll still get up to Falmer on occasion, but I’ve been scouting new surroundings in a much more urban setting (a main road). There are green spaces, and being me I’ll make the most of them. Some better weather would certainly help, though the light drizzle today wasn’t enough to keep me from exploring.

And there are some interesting spots, including a ‘secret’ garden behind one of the main university buildings. It’s ‘secret’ in that it’s away from the main thoroughfares, at the rear of the buildings, so nobody goes there; but it has several sculptures including this tired easy chair made of stone.

Stone Chair in the Cockcroft secret garden, University of Brighton

Stone Chair in the Cockcroft secret garden, University of Brighton

There are insect boxes scattered around as well, so a focus on ecology is strong.

Insect house in Cockcroft garden

Insect house in Cockcroft garden

And squirrels… plenty of squirrels 🙂

Squirrel running

Squirrel running

Squirrel posing

Squirrel posing

Squirrel hiding

Squirrel hiding

I’ll miss being on the edge of the Downs, but I’m sure I’ll find plenty to keep me focused.

More soon…

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II. Squirrels with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens; sculptures with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens.

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A Long Distance Fox and a Squirrel Portrait

It’s been a long time, and I’ve had little success in the garden, but today I did manage to photograph a fox. Ok, it was a long way away, but a fox is a fox and if it’s a fox it’s on this blog. I spotted it at the far end of the University of Brighton campus at Falmer.

fox

That’s an uncropped photo. This next one isn’t.

fox

Far from great, and even at that distance I may well have spooked it by daring to take a few steps in its direction.

fox

fox

fox

And that was that. More early morning fox watching beckons!

I had more success with the squirrels in nearby woodland that runs along the edge of the campus.

Woodland path at Falmer

This is the shot I mean. A squirrel portrait!

squirrel

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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