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2 Some recent shots that I have taken over the last few weeks. The first is taken at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge near Seneca Falls New York. I caught a quick glimpse of this Tundra Swan before he took off and disappeared over the horizon. He makes the Canada Geese look small to him in comparison. All of the next few images are from a local park called Otsiningo Park on Binghamton's North side. Hope you enjoy these. 14 Canada Geese standing along the shore at Otsiningo Parks large pond near the main entrance. 1 This lovely Pond has five weeping willow trees around it and as the summer comes forth they really make a nice beautiful place to take pictures near. It is a quite special little place. 2 One of the main paved paths in the park that parallels the Chenango River. You can usually find quite a few people out walking or jogging on it at any given time of day. I had to wait for this shot a few minutes for the people to clear the far corner to get an empty background without people. 1 A Red Fox that I saw on one occasion along the river's edge but unfortunately he was one of the winter's casualties here this year. After the shot was taken he was captured, I found out later, and euthanized. He was found to have the rabies infection that affects the animal's nervous system and will eventually kill him on his own. He did look to be in bad shape and to see one that close is unusual around here. The next shot shows him a little more and the condition he was in, poor thing. His tail had almost no hair on it and he could not really open his eyes at all. He passed about some 40 feet in front of me, or so, at that point before disappearing in the next line of thickets and shrub trees. 4  

11 A Chipmunk that was hanging around one of our camp sites that we stead in last year in the Alexandria Bay area in NY. He was chowing on grass seeds or something along that nature.

4 A Chipmunk with a hard to end obsession with scratching himself. I watched this pore little fella deal with this itch for about 15 minutes or so. Finally a Sea Gull that flow over scared him off the bolder that he was on.

4 Two White-tail Deer bedding in the woods near our home. They are usually in a larger group of 6 to 7 animals and we can see them from the road side on our walks around the block. They pretty much stay there all day I thing and wait for the darkness of night to set and come into our community and forage for food in the wee hours of morning. This year they made it to our garden and cleaned out all of our tomato's and pepper plants in one night. We were just beginning to love having fresh tomato's for breakfast in our omelets! This image of them is from April 12th of this year but I probably could have taken it as easily as yesterday.