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Leap of faith by Denzil

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The marvels and miracles of photography … I was focussing on this baby possum feeding on the table, for once separate from her mother. She tensed to jump and follow her mother up into the oak tree, and I fired … I couldn’t have shot this deliberately if I’d tried!!!

This is Mrs FatBum’s 2010 baby, named Fearless for obvious reasons (thanks Barb, who seems to name most of my possums!!!)

Canon EOS 400D, 1/60th, ISO400, 114mm, f/5.0, flash used.

Featured in That One Great Shot, September/October 2010
Featured in Caption Fun, January 2011
Featured in Love These Creatures May 2013
Featured in #1 Favourites May 2013

909 views by June 4 2013


  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 4 years ago

    Fantastically well done Denzil! Worthy of any nature magazine!

  • Thanks so much – I am absolutely thrilled to have caught this!!!

    – Denzil

  • Marriet
    Marrietover 4 years ago

    What a look on the face! Very good capture.

  • Thanks marriet – it looks so trusting, and at the same time, so nervous!!!

    – Denzil

  • paulmcardle
    paulmcardleover 4 years ago

    Spot on!!!! Looks like the possums in my back yard!! I can’t catch them to save my life!! Well done

  • I can’t catch them either!! I started feeding them in the hope of distracting them from the big oak tree near the house, from which they pissed and poohed into my water supply … then I started to recognise them … then I started to really like them … then it became an obsession … now I’m just the PossumGal!!!
    And yes, just like galahs, they all really do look alike … until you get to know them:)

    – Denzil

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenover 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture Good Lord what a shot ,talk about timing ,it is incredible !

  • Wasn’t I lucky???!!!

    – Denzil

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellover 4 years ago

    Very cool capture!

  • Thanks Aaron, glad you like:)

    – Denzil

  • ej29
    ej29over 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot… cute…great timimg…very well done!!!

  • Thanks so much – I was so excited when I saw the image, couldn’t quite believe my luck:)

    – Denzil

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

    9/7/10 one a day

  • Thanks Karen – sorry if I doubled up in my excitement!!!

    – Denzil

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    What a fabulous capture Denzil!!!!!

  • Thanks Mel – I was very pleased (she says, immodestly LOL)

    – Denzil

  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldover 4 years ago

    Oh Denzil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fabulous!!!! :D

  • Thanks Belinda!!!

    – Denzil

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    I would be too! It’s a great shot!

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