There is an open area near our campsite that I thought might be a good place to set up the game camera. I wanted a clearing where I had at least twenty feet of open space, without a lot of scrub to wave in the wind and set off the camera or to obscure the critters that might come by to say hi. And I wanted to avoid pointing the camera to the south and west since the back lighting from those directions might obscure the images in the foreground. The spot I chose did have the open space I sought, but there weren’t a lot of trees situated right for positioning the camera, so I had to poke around until I found one that worked (see above).
In the end I had the camera pointing to the northeast, and there is a backdrop of big cedar trees beyond to block any back lighting. (I guess those cedars are good for something after all.) The spot is along the trail Libby and I made to our pond, and we’ve seen some deer tracks on it in the past. Unfortunately, the December ice storm brought down a big cedar across our path at the far end of the clearing. I hope that doesn’t affect the critter traffic patterns.
In order to ensure that we would get a good set of visitors (at least on the first couple of days), we put these offerings on the ground before the camera (about ten feet out):
That’s corn, of course, and if you look at the top you will see some peanuts as well. This picture is not one taken by the game camera. I used my hand-held for it. I’m not sure the game camera is pointed such that it would see much of the ground here. My hope is that it will focus on the critters a few feet above the ground level rather than on their actual feet at ground level. Make sense?
I checked all of the settings and made sure I turned the camera on, then we left the scene with the hope that we would return in two weeks to find the two gigabyte memory card filled with all sorts of wonderful pix of Roundrock critters. I don’t think I’ll get an Ozark Howler, but you never know.
After setting the camera (and remember, the other camera was still down at the dam, possibly capturing the crows grabbing goobers again), we decided to have lunch. There was one more chore for our day, and then it would be time to go back to suburbia.
- The Missouri Natural Events Calendar is blank again today.
Today in Missouri history:
- The first train robbery by the James Gang took place at Gads Hill on this date in 1874.