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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

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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

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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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