The Daily Post’s photo challenge this week has the topic “treat” in honor of Halloween. “Share with us a photo of something that you consider a marvelous treat.”
At first I wasn’t going to participate because no photos in my archives came immediately to mind, nor any place to go to take a new photo in the wet, windy weather. But then I thought of this pileated woodpecker and how excited I was to see him that day.
Unexpectedly seeing an interesting bird is always a special treat for me. Even better if I can capture it with my camera.
This isn’t a quality photo, but it’s a miracle I came away with even this. I caught movement out of the corner of my eye as a bird leaped from bush to tree trunk. From the way it was clinging to the trunk I thought, “woodpecker!” and brought my camera up, furiously snapping pictures before it could fly away.
He was in deep shade quite a way back in the bushes. I didn’t even realize at first how slow the shutter speed was because I was so thrilled at the sighting. This is the only photo of a dozen that turned out at all between the dim light and resorting to digital zoom. But amazingly he posed absolutely still long enough for this 1/15 exposure. What a treat!
Photo taken at Paramount Open Space Park in Shoreline, Washington – July 2015.