The South West trip -day 2
Day Two…. the night of the SuperMoon Lunar eclipse.
This morning E was rather excited to see these Ibis (plural Ibises, or webis?) First there was this rather poor shot from a great distance.
This one of the single guy came out a tiny bit better.
Showing the swampy part of Upper Klamath Lake where the Ibis were hiding out. Can you find them? Perhaps it gives some sense of how much zoom and crop was needed to see these rather elusive critters.
From Klamath we headed east across the high desert terrain of eastern Oregon. Once off the highway, entering Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, this shot tends to encapsulate the dusty, dry conditions of the gravel roads we traveled. (cough, cough)
Pretty much the only wildlife we encountered that day at Sheldon other than what I call the kamikaze rabbits – actually hares according to National Geographic. I call them that for their tendency of hovering at the edge of the road and darting out in front of the car. E thinks they’re engaging in a game of chicken to see who can come closest without being hit. I just think they’re kind of nuts.
At this point we were still searching for a spot to get a good shot of the Big Lunar Eclipse… until I discovered I hadn’t packed the tripod. (sigh) Given that we hadn’t found a campsite and the clouds were obscuring the moon, we gave it up and looked for a place to settle.
I gave it one shot once we stopped for the night…. handheld at 2.0 sec shutter speed. It looked awful on the camera’s screen, but surprised me once I downloaded to the computer. If only I had known, I might have worked at some way to steady the camera for a better image… so it goes!
Lunar Eclipse doesn’t that sound like a car you can only drive at night?
― Stanley Victor Paskavich