Readers’ wildlife photos

April 24, 2021 • 8:00 am

Today we have one animal photo and some “adventure” pictures. The animal photo comes from Diana MacPherson, whom we haven’t seen here in a while. It’s a picture of one of her beloved resident Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus).  The contributors’ words are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.

This cute chipmunk was relaxing on the barbecue cover in the sun today.

And Doug Hayes, famed for his “Breakfast Crew” photos of birds, sends us action shots of kayaking from near his home in Richmond, Virginia. These may be the first sports shots I’ve posted under this feature.

Just a few shots of whitewater kayakers taken in Richmond, Virginia from the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge (T. Pott.), a pedestrian and cycling pathway which connects Richmond’s Southside and Downtown. Richmond is heaven for whitewater kayakers and canoe enthusiasts as the James River runs right through the heart of the city and features class II – IV rapids.  The river drops 105 feet over a 7-mile stretch through the city with the most exciting rapids located in the 2.5 mile portion between Reedy Creek and 14th Street.  There are many put-in/takeout areas along the river, maintained by the James River park system.

The American Whitewater website offers a complete description of the Lower James River rapids.

The paddlers in the photos have just left the relatively calm water on the west side of  T. Pott (having gone through the very intense Hollywood rapids about a mile further up river), passed under the bridge and into the rapids on the other side.

Camera info:  Sony A7RIV mirrorless camera body, Sony FE 200-600 zoom lens + 1.4X teleconverter, 1/5000 – 1/6400 shutter speed, f/11, Wide AF + tracking, camera body and lens image stabilization, hand held.

10 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. Looking at the kayaking photos, I am thinking wow! that is amazing. Must be so exciting to do that! The other half of my brain is going: nope, nope, nope.

    1. I like the chipmunk’s feet. His toes and their little nails are cute. I rarely see them lay down and relax like that….like a loaf of bread.

  2. Nice ‘munk photo…perfect ambiance. Kayaking looks fun, but it can be dangerous, especially if you don’t know the waters. I had a friend who on the first day of a week-long camping trip in Colorado went into unknown rapids and ended up doing a face-plant on a rock underwater. He lost 2 front teeth, bloodied his nose, lacerated his forehead and ruined his camping trip. OUCH!

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