Crossroads . . .

A long afternoon walk through the botanic garden turned up a sighting (and a bad distant shot) of a Common Flameback Woodpecker, and not much else. As another year winds down, now twenty-one months plus since I stepped off an early return flight into two weeks of mandatory home isolation, not much has improved in terms of air travel.

Obviously there’s more of it; but the playing field is still in motion, ever-changing rules and laws adversely affecting many people in transit. Wait a minute, though . . . what does this have to to with my photography?

Well, for one thing, I can’t chase critters in other places, and I don’t know when I might be able to. And critter-chasing where I am has, of late, turned into a futile pursuit. Anyone who follows what I write on these pages probably realizes that I’ve adapted somewhat by spending more time shooting short.

Increasingly often, when I head out with long glass I end up seeing at least a few things I’d need wider glass to shoot, while seeing nothing to shoot with the long glass! Back in my earlier years of bird-chasing, the 180mm APO-Elmarit and extender made it easy enough to drop a couple more lenses in the bag, all of which could be shot from the same camera.

You can see where my mind is quickly heading, right? And, no, I don’t mean carrying along my RF 24-105mm, which has sat in the dry cabinet since day one. I mean right turn at the next intersection, which is quickly coming into view.

Need a further clue? See the second shot below. Being the patient person I am **cough, cough** I’ll give it a couple of months **cough, cough** before I make my choices . . .

EOS R6/RF 100-400mm
M9/75mm APO-Summicron-M