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Serendipity Snaps

Serendipity . . . a happy accident.

I love those chance encounters with wild things out in the world.  Whether it's just the birds and bees and butterflies and other small woodland creatures I find in my garden, or more rare sightings out in my neighborhood or up north, I always consider a wildlife sighting a special treat.

And when I happen to have a camera around, why . . . that's serendipity! 

Like last year in mid-June, this guy came along and devoured my crop of dill in less than 24 short hours.  We found him in the midst of our wild, family Father's Day croquet tournament.  Snap!


On a cool summer day, Tom and I were taking pictures of one of my knitting projects (this one).  We discovered that yellow swallowtail butterflies were snacking in my garden.  Snap!


As you probably remember, I took lots of photos of the Mason bee house I keep in my garden.  One day, as I was shooting the bees, I noticed some heavy duty flitting out of the corner of my eye.  I thought it was a hummingbird, but it was this little guy.  (He looks and flies just like a hummingbird, but is really a moth!) Snap!


We see loons all the time up north at our cottage -- but it's always difficult to get a good camera shot of them because they dive and re-surface at the most unexpected moments.  I was lucky this summer when a loon surfaced - for just a moment - near my kayak . . . and luckier still that my camera was ready.  Snap!


Just before Christmas, we had an impressive ice storm.  I went out with my camera to get some shots of the ice on the trees.  I was busy taking my tree shots, when I noticed some movement lower in the branches . . . and found this bluebird hopping along, right there beside the road.  Snap!


And later that same morning, I stopped to take some photos of Portage Creek, framed by icy trees.  When I turned around, I found several deer . . . watching me.  Snap!


Pure serendipity!


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A loon--I am soooo jealous. There have been loons in places we've traveled, but they've been heard and not seen!


You've been saving up the serendipitous moments for some time. Capturing nature is difficult as we have no control over what they do next. Nicely done and thank you for sharing the special moments.


So often I see wildlife and I don't have my camera with me. You'd think I would remember to take it to work - I have seen turkeys on the cranberry bogs every morning this week - but you know if I do remember tomorrow they won't be there! I love the shots you captured!


"What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open."
~Jose Manuel Barroso
Thanks for having your eyes wide open and sharing your serendipitous snaps! Simply gorgeous!


What amazing little treasures in your garden! I'd never heard of a hummingbird moth. Each season brings us new discoveries... until the ice storm, we had a solitary robin visiting the backyard every day. I am sure he moved south after that;)


Pretty! I used to get hummingbird moths in my jasmine in Tucson.


you had some awesome captures... especially enjoyed the sunshine-y ones from your garden. which I imagine is covered in snow right now...


Fabulous! Hard to say which is my favorite.

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