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Little Camera, Little Photos

We received a Canon SX510 from my in-laws that they received as part of a trip package abroad. Knowing my husband and I can be shutterbugs, they offered it to us. It’s been a long time since I used a “consumer” camera – but those things have come a long way in 10 years!

I am a bit late in posting these – life happens! These were taken back in September 2014, the start of Spring here in Brazil. The camera has a huge zoom (30x) and does a pretty steady shot. I also love some of the super tight & close shots I was able to accomplish. But in the end, I have to admit, I still love my old Nikon D40 best!

These first 3 photos I took here at our house in my ever-growing succulent garden. The first succulents are actually offspring of the second succulent, but for some reason they haven’t turned as purple as their parent plant yet.

20140916_004 20140916_00620140916_005These next few photos were taken on the family farm. It was a gray day, so all the photos are a bit gloomy – but sometimes gloomy can be nice, right?20140920_010 20140920_011 20140920_015

This Spring, a few weaver birds made nests in the pines by the futbol field. They are incredibly shy, and it was difficult to get any good photos of them!20140920_017 20140920_019

The best shot I got! Aren’t they so pretty! And look at those blue eyes! This guy wasn’t too happy with my presence, and was voicing is opinion on the matter.20140920_024

My first really good toucan sighting! They like to sit way up high in the trees, so I tried the 30x zoom feature on the camera. It did a pretty decent job!20140920_033

This simple black and white fellow has the most electronic-sounding call I have ever heard for a bird. More evidence that you cannot judge something by its appearance!20140920_035

Exploration Hike #4: Small Sentry


Cattle are another common occurrence in the countryside, though the type is different than what you are used to seeing in the States. No red or black angus here. I believe this breed is called Nelore?

The calves watch us until we are a safe distance away.

Exploration Hike #4: Cotton Tree


Like several native trees, this one sheds all its leaves in the winter, and simply bears flowers/fruit. The fruit is actually a cotton-like fiber, and not edible at all. Used to stuff pillows and the like in the past.

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