I see wild turkeys all the time when up in Annadel State Park. I thought I would try to get some real nice turkey photos for my Thanksgiving Day post. Ya think I could find any? Huh? None at all. I tromped around in the woods for miles...nothing but a few stray feathers.
My wife says they are all hiding because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
So feeling pretty bummed with nothing in my camera for the effort, I remembered a quote from a wildlife photography program I watch on PBS every once in awhile "It's not just the photograph, it is the outdoor experience". I looked around and thought Yes, this is nice. How fortunate I am to be free to wander around in the woods exploring as I did today then took a few pictures of the colors across the meadow.
Last week I did a post on the unfortunate victims in nature, Forest Crime Scenes. On this day I came across a dead skunk. Now what forest predator in his right mind would take on and kill a skunk? He would have to be quite desperate I'd think. This is the business end of the skunk that is left. You can see the forward portion of the spinal column with head still attached, although turned around in relation to the body. I didn't mess with it. It kind of stunk.
I found this 5 inch long feather. I cannot think of a bird in our area with orange in it's feathers.