Day Two Hundred Ninety-six

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Today, my daughter and I headed to the Bartel Grassland, part of the Tinley Creek Region of the Cook County Forest Preserve. This grassland, which I’ve visited often, only has a small parking area and mowed grass paths, but it’s a great spot to see birds and wildflowers, including a few goldenrod plants still hanging on to their color.

Bartel Grassland2I’ve been saving up for a new telephoto lens, and it came today. It’s not an expensive lens as these things go, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it will help the wildlife shots on my walks. As soon as we parked at the grassland, we saw a hawk on the telephone/power lines along the road and gave the new lens a try.Hawk airOn our way home after the walk, a hawk swooped in front of our car towards the corner of a golf course, and we had a better chance to test the new telephoto lens. We pulled into the drugstore parking lot along the edge of the golf course, hoping to spot the hawk. In a nearby pine tree, we found the it–and its prey!Hawk treeI didn’t realize we’d be documenting carnage in the suburbs on the first day with my new lens!

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