Sunday, August 29, 2010

Straight Out of the Camera Sunday


It's Murrieta 365's Straight Out of the Camera Sunday time.  There are two rules:  1) photo must be taken by you; and 2) no tweaking.

To set these photos up, I mounted a wildlife camera in my garden to discover what kind of critter was eating just about every near-ripe and unripe cantaloupe in my garden; watermelons remain untouched.  I woke up at 3 AM this morning and was too excited to go back to sleep in anticipation of what the camera captured during the night.  The first photo was taken just after everything was set yesterday afternoon - - - I thought.  Unfortunately, I did not notice that a piece of black plastic that is being used to solarize the back row of the garden was not weighted down.  So, the camera took over 230 pictures of the plastic waving in the wind.  :D  The wind stopped, apparently, and the next shot is when I went out this morning to get the card.  The critter must not have feasted on cantaloupe during the night.


The camera is cool, though, takes pretty good photos and does what it is suppose to do, i.e., snap photos when there is movement.  It stamps the date, time, moon phase, and temperature.  I'll be making adjustments today to make sure the plastic is weighted down and/or not in the camera's sensor zone.  I am patient and will catch the little varmint in my garden yet!

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Until next time, God bless.

17 comments:

Donna said...

Darn it! And I was so looking forward to finding out about the mysterious critter!

Sheri said...

Oooh gardens! I was bemonaing the fact yesterday that I let another year get by with no garden. Sigh.

I've GOT to find someone with an overabundance of squash. I want squash.

Jan said...

Perhaps the snapping plastic kept the critter away! Good luck on your quest.

YummY! said...

Thats a lot of shot of plastic. Maybe the plastic sheet needs its own blog. lol

I think wildlife cameras are neat! I love looking at candid wildlife photos. Sorry your critter was a no-show.

Jan n Jer said...

Hope you find your critter. I didnt know of such a camera, thanks for sharing.

kate said...

too funny! I was just starting to write you this comment when one from you on my blog came through :) as always, very envious of your garden and all your space. keep us posted on your critter, the cam is cool! i hope you do find a toad to move in with your plants!

Manang Kim said...

Oh my I so wish those critters were busted last night. And your camera it takes a good photo. And I also see on the right hand corner you've got a 102F temperature that is hot!! Here in MI we have 92F and you know here up north we are not used to this kind of temperature everybody is inside their house lol!! Happy Sunday and thanks for the visit!

Fountain shadow

Lynn said...

Donna, I was pretty disappointed too; but I'm getting the hang of what will set the camera in motion and what will not. Tonight should be better if the critter shows up.

Sheri, too bad you don't live close; I could have given you some zucchini before the squash bugs got it. Put some winter squash in the ground a week ago.

YummY, lol, if the plastic could write, it could tell us what is raiding the garden. :D

Jan n Jer, I just found out about consumer-type wildlife cameras a year or so ago.

Kate, I've plenty of old pots in the shed to house some toads. I'm a pack rat; if reusable, it stays.

Kim, we stay in the A/C a lot too; I do garden work in the early morning or early evening about 7:30 pm.

The back of the camera faces west which accounts for the 104 degrees at 6:30pm. Temp would be higher if a little cooler weather hadn't come in a couple of days ago. The mornings feel a little like our "fall."

Thanks to all for your comments.

Dimple said...

First thought that crossed my mind was raccoons. But that may not be it at all, of course!
Neat shots, too bad they were set off by plastic! Better luck next time...

Dubster said...

The critters probably knew that you set the camera. You have a very wide garden

ilanadavita said...

Hope you manage to find who/what this critter is.

lisaschaos said...

That is a pretty cool camera. I hope you figure it out and can save some for yourself. :)

The Japanese Redneck said...

Looks like you got a pretty good model.

Looking forward to seeing what you capture on film.

SquirrelQueen said...

The sheet of plastic sounds like something I would capture on one of these. Good quality photos on your camera. I can't wait to see what it catches nibbling in the garden.

Annie said...

I'm with Jan, Lynn, and think you should let the plastic keep flapping. It probably acts like a scarecrow.

Anyway, hope you figure it out. My sister-in-law had to build a complete netting walk-in garden...sides, and roof of netting, to keep out bats etc.

I have a resident scrub turkey that keeps my backyard scratched almost bare at times. Complete with huge turkey mound also. And often wonder how I am going to solve the problem since they are a protected species.

Thanks for your visit to my orchids and kookaburras. Glad you enjoyed them.Spring and summer is rushing on towards us here.

Lynn said...

Annie, interesting idea about allowing the plastic to flap to mimic a scarecrow. I could just move the camera so the plastic does not set off the camera.

I did catch something on the camera last night at the very edge of the photo. I set the camera to go off every 5 minutes and that is the only reason that an animal's eye was caught in a photo. So whatever the critter is, it may be too small to trigger the camera. I'm calling the company today for suggestions. As an aside, the critter may be small but it is big enough to destroy the cantaloupe! :D

I hadn't thought to do a "netting," which is an excellent suggestion. Much easier on the hands than wire. I can't imagine having to cover the top. That must have been a real pain.

amkuska said...

Aww, I was so full of anticipation. Guess I'll have to check back tomorrow.