First published: 15-Dec-2011
In the past few weeks we have had some snow now and again. The first walk in the snow in winter for me is always something special. The crunching sound when your boots sink in the snow, the blanket over the landscape and the muted sounds. I took my freshly bought Canon 50D for a test run and was extremely happy with a perfect working shutter button. I have been having problems with the shutter button of my 40D for the past year and a half and it is a relief not to have to use the button at the bottom of a battery pack.
Of course I went to feed and photograph the red squirrels a few times. They were happy to see me and the hazelnuts. First time I just brought my 400mm lens and I got some nice shots but it was a bit of a struggle to fit them in the frame. Last time I went I took a shorter lens. The sense of smell of the squirrels seems to diminish with the snow. Usually they are able smell the hidden hazelnuts without much trouble, but with the snow they have more trouble finding them. Lately I have had one to four squirrels turning up when I was in the forest.