Koala On A Windmill

AngieBel

Mount Gambier, Australia

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There’s a few things that this shot is NOT… including that it is not my usual style (a flower macro taken in my living room while wearing my pj’s), nor is it perhaps a ‘technically sound’ shot..but it IS a shot of something I have never seen before, and doubt I will again.

While driving to visit my sister interstate recently, I spotted something on a windmill that was close to the road that just looked ‘different’, and the closer I got, I started to wonder “Could it be….?”. I realised as I was directly passing it that YES, it was indeed a koala on a windmill!!!

I braked immediately, did a u-turn and went back for a closer look. This was only the 2nd koala I have ever seen that was not in a wildlife park or zoo, and it was the first time for my 2 captivated little girls! My car boot (trunk) was packed to the hilt, and, shame on me, my camera bag was right at the back. I managed to retrieve my camera, but couldn’t reach the lenses, so I had to work with the 17-55 that was already on there.

It was bright and glarey…and I was so in awe of what I was looking at, and so afraid that he would make a move any second, that I literally just pointed the lens at him and fired away. I didn’t even check my settings.

But still…I have this wonderful sight recorded, and so I can live with this image’s flaws.

I have posted this at the urging of Wayne Bigg (who is usually the one to spot things like this)…and he suggested some humorous titles, such as “This Beats The Old Tree House” and “How Hard Do You Have To Blow To Get This Thing To Turn”!!!

I’d love to hear any others!

I’ll probably just leave this up for a couple of weeks…but I just had to share :)

Canon EOS 30D
Canon 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM lens (@ 55mm)
f/6.3 ISO 100 ShutterSpeed 1/400 sec


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