Don't Be Late For Dinner!

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© Andrea Petersen
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The kingdom is the Lords...All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship...a seed shall serve him...

Psalms 21:28-29-30


The Eastern Chipmunk
Filling her face
With seeds in cheek
Could not speak
To say grace...

But looked up to see
She had company...
The male cardinal
Who was ne'er late
Gave his benediction
Before he ate...

The gray catbird
With much conviction,
In the upper branch
Had the last word
To be heard!

Poetry by me, AJP

I was about to take a picture of just the chipmunk alone when she was joined by the cardinal and gray catbird..I shot this very quickly using my old 75-300 zoom lens off from my film Nikon FE2 camera which I was experimenting with yesterday..and I had not changed the settings that I used for taking the previous rabbit picture outside in bright sunlight..

This lens will only permit manual focus with my Nikon 40 DX digital camera. It focused through the window mainly on the Catbird on the branch and the foreground got slightly out of focus... I should have had my camera on a tripod but it was either take the picture then or lose it altogether... I also was standing too close to the window for the foreground to get sharp...I am so used to my 200mm lens which permits me to stand a little closer...

8 responses

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    The chipmunk looks like he doesn't want to share any food. His mouth is full. Great shot Andrea!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    What a shot. Miss stuffed face. :-( Shame on it. The cardinal does not know what to think!! The cat bird finds it a bit disgusting...

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    Don't think I've ever seen a gray catbird. What a handsome specimen! That chipmunk sure has packed cheeks!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    How funny and how cute!!! I agree with Gloria about the cardinal not knowing what to think and the cat bird finding it to be disgusting. The chipmunk sure has puffy cheeks : )

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (4 Jun 2010):

    Excellent capture of this 3!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (5 Jun 2010):

    This is absolutely wonderful Andrea, nature at its best!

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (5 Jun 2010):

    Looks to me like its a standoff...Such a cute photo!!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (6 Jun 2010):

    Quite a trio, love it..

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