Ken Newman

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Daniel Ackerman...Sorry for the late reply...I just saw your question this morning. I mostly use a Nikon D7200 with a Nikon 200mm Macro lens. There are tines when something sneaks up on me and I have the 18mm to 300mm zoom lens I get some good results by backing off and zooming in. I use Photoshop for cropping and an occasional adjustment now and then.
2 months ago
Our raised bed kitchen garden has just under a 1/4 acre footprint. From the day we laid it out we knew we were going to have to find some way to deal with the deer. The initial attempt was to just fence it off with 6' tall 2x4 welded wire. We hung the wire on T posts placed on top of the 2x12" hemlock timbers to give us an extra foot in height. 7' is really nothing to a motivated deer. But we were lucky and for the most part they were staying out. A few years into the garden we needed more vertical growing space so I hung 50"w (  8' - 12' long ) stock panels on T posts around the entire inside perimeter keeping them 14" in from the original outside fence and hanging them two feet higher ( giving us a height of about 9' ). I read that deer don't like to jump into what they think is a confined space and they seem to be viewing this double fence effect as just that. Since we put the panels in for trellising there hasn't been a single deer incursion...and that's going on eight years. We have an understanding with the deer that "we" have moved in on their space...so anything that grows through the fence is theirs. This pseudo double fence may have been effective with the deer...however the raccoons are another story entirely.  
4 months ago
Well I saw "spiders" mentioned.....I'll bet most of you have never seen two Funnel Web spiders mating. That's right..."Spider sex". I pre focused my lens to get a shot inside the funnel...it was dark in there and I couldn't actually see the spider. I was hoping I might get a shot of him lurking or possibly having a snack. But NO...when the flash was tripped I caught them in the act. No wonder the male looks so surprised and pissed off....damn paparazzi.
5 months ago
Working in the garden is one thing...photographing all the pollinators is another. I don't know what I spend more time doing...tending the garden or bug stalking...fascinating little critters. The pollinators here get VIP treatment...after all without them we'd be pretty much screwed. Our growing areas are surrounded by perennial plantings. in the gardens we spot annuals and perennials to further entice them in. Out in the fields ( 26 acres of clover hay provides a good spread for them in itself between cuttings ), behind the pond there's an acre of wet area we've been overseeing with wildflowers. In fall it goes almost 100% to golden rod around the time the Monarchs are coming through. Below our lower field where the creek cuts through there's around an 8 acre wetland. For the past twelve years we've been planting it with native milkweed, for the Monarchs, and over seeding it with wild flowers ( for everything else ). All this yields a diversity of pollinators, ( and just about every other life form from bears to the microscopic ). So here are a few of our garden workers going about their daily chores......
5 months ago
Well there was this "BIG" one when we were putting in the pond that just called out to be a diving rock....or an excellent casting point when fishing...and the heron seems to really like it when he's not skulking in the shallows....now and then ( if the water gets high enough ) even the turtles find their way onto it for some sun. All in all it's turned out to be a very useful rock.
6 months ago
WRITING...trying to plan what will go where in the garden, while looking back at what was where the year before. (I know there's software for this but Luddite that I am, I still use a pen and paper).
9 months ago
Had no choice.....built in the late 1800's it was scary and leaning way too far.....foundation posts were rotted beyond salvation.....thankful we had a fellow just down the road who knew how to do this...now the granary has a better foundation than the house.....and the barn swallows came back ( we made sure there was an open window for them to get back in).
9 months ago
Community......chicken and biscuits at the fire hall......
9 months ago
Looks like my first Tree Swallow reflection didn't load.....if at first you don't succeed.......
9 months ago
A few "reflections".....Tree swallow cruising the pond for bugs...the small pond on a very calm day......"And now for something really different"....... a selfie ( reflected in the eye of a red squirrel ).
9 months ago