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opossum on the fence
opossum on the fence

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Challenge: Animals (No Birds, No Bugs) ARCHIVAL (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Date: Apr 1, 2020
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: Apr 1, 2020

This was a very rare event since in 76 years I've never seen one in daylight.

While eating breakfast, looked out the back window to see two opossums, one large in the lead and a smaller one following, ambling across my back yard fence. By the time I was able to grab a camera, they had progressed across the neighbor's yard to the far corner 40 yds distant.
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Finally it hesitated, seemingly reluctant to go further, looking back to the larger one who had not moved. I moved slowly closer and shot my entry for the challenge at about 8 feet. After these few minutes, the larger animal climbed down and started back. I waited but it was more skittish and when I moved, it disappeared behind the neighbor's fence.
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When I turned back to the smaller animal, it too had disappeared.

Place: 4 out of 98
Avg (all users): 6.9868
Avg (participants): 6.9322
Avg (non-participants): 7.1765
Views since voting: 624
Views during voting: 115
Votes: 76
Comments: 14
Favorites: 4 (view)

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04/20/2020 07:17:31 PM
Just for you, Lydia, notes now posted.
Thanks to all for the kind comments.

Message edited by author 2020-04-20 19:26:50.
04/16/2020 09:13:34 PM
Ahh, what a sweet looking possum! Great shot.
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04/16/2020 01:25:38 PM
I do wish for some photog notes... telling us the story of how you got this amazing image!
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04/16/2020 08:42:05 AM
This is my favorite of this challenge. Happy to see it do well. The face is so animated. Congrats on the HM.
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04/15/2020 07:22:58 PM
great capture, congrats on HM
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04/15/2020 10:52:26 AM
Perfect in every way, Tom.

Congratulations on your HM!
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04/15/2020 06:44:33 AM
Great capture and a VERY sweet looking little guy.
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04/15/2020 06:29:06 AM
Wonderful image...so much detail
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04/15/2020 02:47:55 AM
your competition was extremely fierce .. but this is up there as one of the best .. imho .. ;)
I was hoping this fantastic photo would do amazing in the challenge .. and it did .. many congratulations on 4th place ..
this should be printed and hanging on your wall .. it's one of those photos that gives you a sense of wonder when you see it .. :)
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04/15/2020 12:31:34 AM
Ohmygoodness! This is so good! I think possums are so cute! I LOVE that berry red bokeh background!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2020 09:42:39 PM
Absolutely LOVE this image. Nicely done!
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04/08/2020 01:23:16 PM
Wow !!! great capture!
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04/08/2020 12:22:12 PM
Oh my word!

THis is fabulously done!
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04/08/2020 12:13:32 AM
this is SPECTACULAR . !! ..
loving the bokeh .. the bright colours ..
and that opossum .. what a fantastic catch .. i cant get over all his long hairs .. would have been even better if he'd been smiling .. !! .. lol ..
and those little feet .. adorable .. !! .. :)

i'm not voting yet .. this is only the first photo i've opened ..
ps .. was a stand out as a thumb .. and even better when i opened it .. :)
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