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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D610
Shutter Speed
1/800 second
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F/5.0
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500 mm
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400
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May 25, 2014, 5:25:56 PM
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Mayflowers and Chipmunk DT6 7600-1-2 by detphoto Mayflowers and Chipmunk DT6 7600-1-2 by detphoto
Timing is Everything

Every spring, in May, a segment of the yard at The Cabin becomes bathed in small, white Mayflowers.  They grow so thick that they look more like snow on the ground than tiny spring flowers.  During my visit a few weeks ago I noticed that some chipmunks used the Mayflower field as a cut-through to their home in the stone wall.  After watching for a bit I decided that I would try to catch them in action.  I lay on my stomach at the edge of the flowers with my Nikon 500mm lens propped up on my Kirk Fat Bag (love it) and tried to time the moments when they would pop up to check their surroundings.  I am sure that I looked ridiculous but, I got the shots I wanted.  This was one of them.

So many things in life revolve around timing.  Being in the right place at the right time is critical but, knowing what to do for yourself, or being inspired to take action no matter how large or small, is what matters the most.  We, myself included, invest too much time on the "big" things and too little time on the "small" things.  The chipmunk scene was one that could have been easily overlooked or disregarded since it was small and not dramatic.  I am super happy I made myself stop and appreciate the moment. Everything Matters.  

Photograph What You Feel.

Chipmunk and Mayflowers
Nikon D610
Nikon 500mm f4 lens
ISO:  800
APT:  f5.6

© Don Toothaker
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-07-06
Suggester said; "How cute is this photograph! This little animal combined with the path of flowers make something great. I also love the clarity of the main subject and the exquisite bokeh."

rainylake said; "What a great capture! I love all the details the photographer has captured. It really shows the spirit of the animal!"

Mayflowers and Chipmunk DT6 7600-1-2 by detphoto ( Suggested by Seb-Photos and Featured by Anoya )
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KarenAld Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Professional General Artist
Great shot - I have chip pies outside my apartment door, but never manage to get good pictures, as I am not a good photographer, and they move so quickly! Where are the mayflowers that thick? It's our state flower in Massachusetts, but I have only ever seen a few at a time!
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detphoto Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Professional Photographer
thank you Karen.....
yes, the Mayflower is a fantastic flower as well as the Bluets....
these are in Maine, at my camp.......
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KarenAld Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  New member Professional General Artist
Bluets I have seen by the thousands, they used to blanket our banking in spring in Central MA, but I had to go hunting to find mayflowers for a school project when I was a kid!
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Freya7 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful shot Heart 
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detphoto Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you... very much.... 
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Freya7 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome :)
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dragon-fly-to-me Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
Wow, Don!! This photograph is quite amazing.
I love the focus and the lighting...and of course the cute subject :)
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation too!
Great work.
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detphoto Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you.. so much... I really appreciate that!
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
:w00t: Congratulations, this lovely piece has been featured here Animal Portraits Feature 29 at :iconanimal-portraits:

Keep up the great work  :)
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detphoto Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Photographer
thank you.. very much.  I truly appreciate the comment and the consideration...
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