There were 871 pictures on the chip this morning. I was sure half of them would just be the feeders swinging in the wind. I was wrong. There were pictures of flying squirrels and raccoons in every picture. Among the flying squirrel pictures, about 500 of them were squirrels glued to the sides of the feeders sucking fruit and nuts. I had to go through all the photographs and pick out the ones that had the sharpest contrast and at least some detail so you could tell you weren’t just looking at a lump.
The problem is that just because you’ve got pictures, doesn’t mean you have interesting pictures. Three hundred pictures of the same three raccoons eating from the same feeders is not a thrill. I have to look for a few pictures that don’t look like every other picture. With the raccoons, that was a problem. They were seriously dedicated to the eating part of the experience.
Two hundred pictures. One hundred and ninety-seven of them look almost identical: two raccoons sucking the seeds out of the big feeder and another working on the other large feeder.
As for the flying squirrels, I got interesting pictures, but it’s so hard to clean up the pictures enough to post them. It took me most of the afternoon to do fewer than a dozen pictures. So today, it’s pretty much all about flying squirrels.