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Brother's backyard

Postby TomCofer » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:11 am

I recently made a trip to visit my brother and his wife in Minnesota. They live in Coon Rapids, basically a suburb of Minneapolis. It's interesting that their home is near a busy highway, but their backyard faces a lake and a wooded area. Here are some critters that I saw in his backyard during my visit.

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Postby TomCofer » Sat Jun 03, 2017 5:12 am

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Postby pop511 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:10 am

Number 3 for me. Love the lighting.
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Postby LindaShorey » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:29 pm

How wonderful to have such photogenic visitors!

Seems to me I read that Minnesota is the only state besides Maine that has "black flies" - the tiny ones that take a big bite out of you (rather than insert a needle - ha), and are merciless, driving people indoors and animals to distraction. If you're allergic, like I am, a small bite swells to huge, itching boo boo. TMI? Sorry :) Just brought back memories of my home state - haven't been back in seven years...
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Postby Charles Haacker » Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:21 pm

I am most taken with #8 and #10, the deer family. (Thereisnolightlikebacklight) :D
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Postby Duck » Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:45 pm

It's always amazed me how much wildlife actually exists in the suburbs. Most of the time they keep clear of humans but it looks like your brother's yard actually invites them in with feeders. That's awesome.

When my wife and I first moved into our house we had an old, diseased apple tree in the back yard. It brought in a family of deer every morning. I tried hard to nurse that tree back to health but it was too far gone and insects finally did it in. Now we don't see the deer as often though I'll catch them in my headlights at night as I pull into the driveway.

On the first set of deer images; It seems these deer weren't too skittish, considering your focal length shows you at about 100mm and it looks like they were aware of you being there. What's the story there? Looks like your brother feeds them so I'm sure that probably had something to do with it.
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Postby minniev » Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:01 pm

Your brother appears to have created a wildlife sanctuary in his yard. I bet it was a fun visit - getting up for early coffee would have more than the normal rewards. Love the deer and duck images. And the turkey who wandered off to create his own thread.
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Postby TomCofer » Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:07 am

Duck wrote:It's always amazed me how much wildlife actually exists in the suburbs. Most of the time they keep clear of humans but it looks like your brother's yard actually invites them in with feeders. That's awesome.

When my wife and I first moved into our house we had an old, diseased apple tree in the back yard. It brought in a family of deer every morning. I tried hard to nurse that tree back to health but it was too far gone and insects finally did it in. Now we don't see the deer as often though I'll catch them in my headlights at night as I pull into the driveway.

On the first set of deer images; It seems these deer weren't too skittish, considering your focal length shows you at about 100mm and it looks like they were aware of you being there. What's the story there? Looks like your brother feeds them so I'm sure that probably had something to do with it.


Thanks Duck. A wooded part of the lake is right behind his house. They put food out for the "birds" which happens to be popular with the deer too. Some of the shots were thru their glass door, some of them were from their balcony. As long as you don't move too quickly or toward them, they don't get too excited about folks being around.
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Postby TomCofer » Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:11 am

minniev wrote:Your brother appears to have created a wildlife sanctuary in his yard. I bet it was a fun visit - getting up for early coffee would have more than the normal rewards. Love the deer and duck images. And the turkey who wandered off to create his own thread.


I'd wake up to duck and loon calls in the morning, grab a cup of coffee, and sit out on their deck or balcony every morning. It was great! The deer and ducks usually came around in the mornings and evenings.

My brother's wife was outside one day a year or so ago and nearly got stampeded by deer when a chopper flew over the lake.
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Re: Brother's backyard

Postby Duck » Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:27 am

TomCofer wrote:I'd wake up to duck and loon calls in the morning, grab a cup of coffee, and sit out on their deck or balcony every morning. It was great! [...]

My wife wakes up to duck noises every morning... :rofl:


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